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Thursday, Oct 11, 2018

* The Sun-Times website has been a plague on its own readers for years. I spend an unnecessarily large chunk of my days trying to deal with it. So, thank you, Edwin Eisendrath from the bottom of my tiny little heart

The Chicago Sun-Times will launch a completely redesigned website early next year on a platform powered by digital publisher Vox Media, the news organizations announced Thursday.

It’s Vox Media’s first licensing agreement with a newspaper to use Chorus, the publishing technology behind the company’s roster of seven editorial brands, including Vox, Eater, Curbed and SB Nation.

Sun-Times management says it will fix once and for all the series of clunky website overhauls in recent years that have caused headaches for readers, reporters and editors alike.

“It’s going to be cleaner, it’s going to be less clutter, it’s going to be less popups,” Sun-Times CEO Edwin Eisendrath said. “It’s going to be easier to get to the stories that people care about.”

Vox Media began licensing the company’s content-management system last year with the sports and pop-culture website The Ringer and earlier this year with the comedy site Funny or Die, but the Sun-Times will be the company’s first traditional daily news media partner.

Vox Media runs clean, accessible websites. That would be a welcomed change at the CS-T. Now, if I could just get them to always remember to put my weekly column on their state politics page I’d be thrilled.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

14 Comments »
  1. - wordslinger - Thursday, Oct 11, 18 @ 10:59 am:

    It really is a mess, like it’s purposely designed to be frustrating. Hard to find the fresh stuff, while old stories remain front-and-center for days.


  2. - James Knell - Thursday, Oct 11, 18 @ 11:04 am:

    As a subscriber, I approve of this action. ;)


  3. - chicagoperson - Thursday, Oct 11, 18 @ 11:09 am:

    this is essential- I subscribe to the trib and if the sun times delivers a usable website, they are gonna steal readers easily.


  4. - Anonymous - Thursday, Oct 11, 18 @ 11:28 am:

    Now if only they could have content worth navigating their website for.


  5. - Steve - Thursday, Oct 11, 18 @ 11:29 am:

    Great news. It really was annoying.


  6. - Streamwood Retiree - Thursday, Oct 11, 18 @ 11:31 am:

    Please be sure to post here when it’s up. I’ll try a trial subscription. My wife buys the Sunday Trib for the coupons. I used to do the crossword and read the comics. The rest is fit for birdcages since Sam Zell bought it.

    I used to read the Sun-Times at lunch at work when someone left one at the table in the cafeteria. Good paper but way too much sports. I hate sports. I’ll give the new on-line a try after the change. I hate pop-ups too.


  7. - Chicago Cynic - Thursday, Oct 11, 18 @ 11:36 am:

    Agreed it’s still bad, but it’s so much better than it was after the Ferro redesign which was a pop up nightmare.


  8. - Louis G. Atsaves - Thursday, Oct 11, 18 @ 11:37 am:

    As a subscriber of the Chicago All Democrat Sun-Times, I can honestly state they have the worst and balkiest website of any major newspaper around. Compared to other newspapers, constantly having to sign in and be interrupted by multiple pop-ups is beyond annoying.

    When the subscription runs out, so will I. They are about as predictable in their slanted views and coverage as those Proft newspapers these days.

    The Chicago All-Democrat Sun-Times just endorsed 12 out of 12 Democrats running for Congress in the Chicago Metropolitan Region. Not even a token Republican endorsement? Every single Democrat running for statewide office was also endorsed (Governor not announced yet, but that one will be like betting on the outcome of a pro-wrestling match).

    The Bright One is sure dimming its lights.


  9. - What's in a name? - Thursday, Oct 11, 18 @ 11:44 am:

    The website was so bad I was tempted to actually buy an old fashioned newspaper. I was beginning to think that was their goal.


  10. - don the legend - Thursday, Oct 11, 18 @ 12:07 pm:

    ==Now, if I could just get them to always remember to put my weekly column on their state politics page I’d be thrilled. ==

    Sure Rich, it’s always about you. /s


  11. - Archiesmom - Thursday, Oct 11, 18 @ 12:10 pm:

    Great news! It was bad enough on my laptop, but on an iPhone it was a nightmare.


  12. - Ron Burgundy - Thursday, Oct 11, 18 @ 12:23 pm:

    Now maybe the Tribune will take notice and get rid of all the autoplaying videos and clickbait fake news on their site.


  13. - Rick - Thursday, Oct 11, 18 @ 4:46 pm:

    Tree. Falls. Forest. Etc.


  14. - Anonymous - Thursday, Oct 11, 18 @ 10:02 pm:

    Now, if they would just bring back Wingo.


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