Previously - May 22, 2000 - The Philadelphia Inquirer Launches on CofaxMay 22, 2000
The following is a letter from Tony Gnoffo, Web Content Editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Chris Kilbourne, Executive Producer at philly.com.
The Philadelphia Inquirer unveiled its new online design this week, marking a giant step in the paper's transition from static, "shovel ware" pages to a dynamic, continuously updated news site.
The new Inquirer home page, at http://inquirer.philly.com/, is updated with breaking news throughout the day (from 8 a.m. to midnight) and is designed to enhance Inquirer content with Web-only features.
Top stories being written for the next day's Inquirer begin appearing on the site as they are edited, and there are links to Inquirer investigative projects, columnists and multimedia presentations.
The site is powered by the new Cofax publishing tools recently introduced in Philadelphia and several other KnightRidder.com sites, including the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader and the Grand Forks Herald.
The Inquirer has created an Online News Desk to manage the site. It is staffed with experienced editors who can use the CoFax tools without extensive understanding of html or other Web coding languages.
CoFax allows the editors, working in The Inquirer newsroom, to easily update existing stories and create new stories off of breaking news events. It also allows them to add links to related stories and other sites, as well as photos and graphics.