Brent Boyer: New E-edition available starting today
April 9, 2009
Steamboat Springs — For many of us, reading the daily newspaper is more than a habit. It’s an experience unto itself, from the feel of newsprint against our fingertips to the smell of the ink. We like having something to hold onto, and pages to shuffle through.
If this sounds like you, then the prospect of giving up the print edition for something to be read on a computer screen or handheld device might be unimaginable. It’s just not the same.
And you’re right. It’s not the same. The layout and design of the print edition provides context for the news that’s difficult to replicate in Web versions. Typically, newspaper Web sites also lack the advertisements that fill up half of the print product, not to mention the comics, crossword and horoscopes, among other features.
That’s no longer the case on Steamboatpilot.com. Beginning today, our Web site includes a daily E-edition that’s an exact copy of the print paper. A click on our E-edition widget (found on the right-hand side of Steamboatpilot.com, below the ExploreSteamboat vacation planner) is all readers will need to open a full-screen version of the Steamboat Pilot & Today. The text of the E-edition is fully searchable, and easy functionality makes it a snap to flip pages, zoom in on stories and skip to different sections. No download is required to view the E-edition, and there’s no cost to view it.
The E-edition will have no effect on our commitment to updating Steamboatpilot.com throughout the day with news, sports and weather stories. The E-edition also can’t provide the multimedia content featured on our site each day. They really are two different products. But for those readers who have requested an E-edition in the past, and for those simply looking for a print equivalent on days you can’t make it into town to grab a copy of your own, our hope is that this new feature to Steamboatpilot.com will bring some familiarity in an increasingly digital world.
It’s worth noting that the daily newspaper isn’t our only publication getting the E-edition treatment. Visit Steamboatpilot.com to browse all of our magazines – At Home in Steamboat Springs, Explore Steamboat, Locals, Colorado Hunter and others – in high-resolution, full-screen format.
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I’m excited about this new feature, and we will work to improve it based on your feedback and our ability to add additional bells and whistles. Take a few minutes to check it out; I think many of you will share my enthusiasm.
Race vs. nationality
Several readers called or e-mailed to complain about a news brief that appeared in the April 3 edition of the Steamboat Today. The brief was about a man residing in Hayden who was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence.
The readers I heard from were upset because we referred to the suspect as a “46-year-old Mexican man living in Hayden.” One woman wondered why we singled out this man by his “race” but not others who appear in The Record or news articles.
This is a complicated and emotional issue for many, and it’s certainly open to interpretation. Here’s ours: Mexican describes the man’s nationality, not his race. He could be black, white, Hispanic or any other race. I don’t think his race is significant to the story, but his nationality is. As the brief mentioned, the man was on a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold. The questionable legal status of his presence in our country makes his nationality newsworthy.
Had the man been French, German, Chinese or Egyptian, we would have taken the same approach. And I’m not sure we would have had any complaints.
As always, I’m curious to hear what you think. Don’t hesitate to call me at 970-871-4221 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.