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Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Tuesday, 23 December 2008 16:09
Staff Report
The Wauneta Breeze


    With all the initial tweaking and uploading out of the way, the Wauneta Breeze Web page is ready for readers to jump online and surf the nooks and crannies of the paper’s site.
    Boasting a more contemporary posting format making it easier for reporting instant information by Breeze staff, the site works as a complement to the printed editions of The Breeze.
    “It’s a much more dynamic and fresh site that can be updated regularly with breaking news,” said Breeze managing editor Tina Kitt.
    “We are so thankful for the upgrade and have had a large boost in traffic thanks to our posts on the Husker volleyball team’s Final Four matches,” Kitt added. “We don’t know exactly where that traffic came from, but they really liked reading our updates.”
    Publisher Russ Pankonin initiated the upgrade process, working with a firm from Lincoln well-versed in newspaper sites. The Grant Tribune-Sentinel, Imperial Republican and Holyoke Enterprise — sister papers of the Breeze — also received similar upgrades to their sites.
    The new site boasts several new features, including a slide show of featured articles, colored photos, a search engine, archives, a Latest News section for breaking news, weather from The Weather Channel, a weekly poll question and access to many of the features of the paper.
    “I’ve enjoyed updating the site. I think it’s fun to navigate and we’ve put some fun, interactive things on there to engage our surfers at the page,” said Dave Vrbas, who had help from the designers on troubleshooting the site and uploading information post-design.
    “I love the fact that when something happens, folks can go to our site to read about it. I was hoping for a late start for school the other day so I could update the site right away,” he added. “I was probably as disappointed as the students were at that point.”
    Vrbas said traffic to the site received a large boost over the weekend because of the editorial in last week’s paper and the Husker volleyball coverage placed on the site.
    “People really love that instant information,” he said. “We’re going to give it to them.”
    The site also contains most of the other news of the week from the paper, split into easy-to-navigate sections.
    While the site serves as a great way to get instant information, not all the information in the paper will be placed onto the site.
    Designed as a complement to the printed product, not a replacement, loyal Breeze readers will definitely want to keep their subscriptions to the printed product every week to get all the news.
    “We think the combination of the weekly Breeze paper with the Web site is a great fit for us and we’re very proud of both,” Kitt said of the redesign. “They’re two very different reading experiences and we want them both to be the best they can be,” she added, encouraging readers to supply the paper’s staff with feedback about the site.
    Log onto www.waunetanebraska.com when breaking news, weather, sports happens in the area.
Last Updated on Thursday, 25 December 2008 03:07