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Column: Behind The Daily Tar Heel's website relaunch

Editor-in-Chief: Emmy Martin

Emmy Martin is the 2023-24 editor-in-chief of The Daily Tar Heel.

Five months ago, I made a promise to you. As editor-in-chief of The Daily Tar Heel, I said I’d redesign The DTH’s website to be dynamic and user-centric. 

Today, as our first newspapers of the academic year sit in blue boxes around campus and the community, I’m excited to tell you that our new website is live. 

For the past few months, DTH editors have been busy behind the scenes creating a website that's different, new — and beautiful. But I’m probably biased. 

Working closely with SNworks on the web development, we did our best to make a site that feels surprising and fresh, while still feeling familiar. 

We’ve streamlined our home and article pages to be easy to read and navigate. The redesign is an enhanced version of our former digital presence.

This is our first digital revamp in three years. Since 2020, the world has experienced a global pandemic. We’ve all changed — it’s time our website changes too. 

Finding more content that appeals to you is just a click or tap away. 

What’s new?

You will see new article layouts, fonts, headlines and overall online page designs on our website. 

The DTH’s homepage features content from every desk in an updated layout from the previous design. 

We moved away from a sans serif body text font in favor of Georgia. Our headline fonts are Georgia bold or bold italic. We have removed all unnecessary links, tabs, sections and elements. 

To reflect our expanding coverage and multimedia focus, you can now access our lifestyle, audio & video and data content from our navigation bar. 

Accessibility 

The DTH prioritized usability in the relaunch of our website. 

All labels are clear and descriptive to allow you to navigate more efficiently using assistive technologies. Headlines are readable and have a hierarchy. We did our best to make our website understandable and match other sites you visit often. The website also features an improved color contrast ratio for users who are visually impaired.

Room for improvement

I am so excited for you to click off of this column and explore the relaunched and reworked website for yourself. 

Please email me with any questions, comments or concerns about The DTH’s relaunched website. I welcome any and all feedback.

@emmymrtin | editor@dailytarheel.com

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Emmy Martin

Emmy Martin is the 2023-24 editor-in-chief of The Daily Tar Heel. She has previously served as the DTH's city & state editor and summer managing editor. Emmy is a junior pursuing a double major in journalism and media and information science.