From today’s edition of Newsweek:
Newsweek is relaunching its website on Monday, unveiling what the company describes as a “state-of-the-art” design that will offer enhanced news-gathering and storytelling. The new site is lighter on text and takes a page from publications like The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, which have launched verticals to focus on investigative reporting. Newsweek Interactive, the magazine’s Web site, will be introduced a year to the day after The Washington Post Company-owned publication was forced to evacuate and shut down news sections after a major power outage.
Over the past year, Newsweek Interactive editor Juli Weiner, who joined the company last May, has built a team of nearly 60 people dedicated to developing the site’s features and content.
With Newsweek’s expanded in-depth reporting, reporters will go into the field to lead investigative stories, and editors will utilize extensive multimedia to connect with readers.
“There will be interactive video, interactive interactive,” Weiner said. “There will be interactive maps, and the various interactive features they’ve been working on will be represented here.” Weiner, who oversees both the print and online properties, added that Newsweek Interactive will have four offices in five cities, moving from a large one at Wired Digital and NewsBeast headquarters in Brooklyn, N.Y., to a smaller space in Manhattan, and that its London bureau will receive some of its staff.
The Web site’s technology will run off a grid of current Newsweek issues, with Weiner and her team creating customized pages for each issue. The design will revolve around rotating pages – such as the one pictured above of a six-month changeover from November’s piece to this spring’s, or a page spotlighting the white papers behind Newsweek’s September and December “Inc” issues. Visitors will be able to drill down on different topics, from quarterly earnings to coverage of the U.S. military transition to a sustainability message to profiles of various financial services giants. “Every topic on the site will be visible,” Weiner said. “And they will be things that are possible in a computer, like images and videos, and that are hard to find in a magazine.”