The New York Times has redesigned its web site, a move that is likely to draw plenty of attention and comment. There seems to be little new or innovative about the design. It gives the site a cleaner look because of its increased use of white space. What is most disappointing, however, is that the Times has clung to the old-school thinking of maintaining a “multimedia” section. The Times does excellent graphics, videos, slideshows and audio slideshows. Those items should be integrated with the other reporting that the Times does — if for no other reason than to make things convenient for the reader. Whatever multimedia means to the reader — and it’s not at all clear — these reporting methods should not be something separate, and it’s time for journalists to shed that kind of thinking.
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