Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Editor column: Online readers are about to get a new Tribune

By Terry Orme

| The Salt Lake Tribune

First Published Aug 29 2014 02:06 pm • Last Updated Aug 30 2014 08:50 pm

In coming days, visitors to sltrib.com will see something different: a cleaner design with many entry points to the rich content produced by our newsroom.

Content will be organized in a number of ways on the new sltrib.com, including stories that are trending, a list of the latest breaking news, and a column of editor’s picks — stories that are important, or particularly good reads, and deserving of reader attention.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

The new look will draw attention to the photojournalism produced by The Tribune and from wire services, with multiple galleries of news, sports and cultural events from Utah and around the world.

Perhaps the new feature with the most impact is how sltrib.com will look when opened with an Internet browser on a smartphone or tablet. The new site employs responsive design, which automatically sizes the page to fit the screen. Instead of seeing a small sltrib.com home page on your iPad, you now will get a more readable format that adjusts to the size of your tablet and whether you hold it horizontally or vertically.

Now, smartphone users are directed to The Tribune’s mobile site. With the redesign, that site no longer will exist. If you have it bookmarked, don’t worry, you will be redirected to the new sltrib.com and its responsive design.

This new design offers an alternative to our apps on iPads, iPhones and Androids. Of course, they remain available and we are planning updates for them as well.

As with any major change that involves technology, glitches are a given. We expect to keep them to a minimum but ask for some patience in the first days. If you see a problem, please point it out to webmaster@sltrib.com.

We’re excited about the redesign, particularly the features for hand-held devices. For me, the new sltrib.com has a more traditional newspaper look, a nod to our roots. At the same time, the redesign is about the digital future and better presenting the fine journalism produced day in and day out by The Salt Lake Tribune. We want to make it accessible and engaging on any platform you choose.

I’m often asked about the role The Tribune plays in Utah. I respond that we are here to inform and explain — to not just tell you what happened, but why, and what is likely to happen next. One word that keeps coming up is "watchdog." We are the eyes, ears and investigators working on behalf of Utahns.

story continues below
story continues below

The best way to explain what we do is to show an example. How about last Sunday’s front page?

The lead story, by environmental reporter Brian Maffly, reveals that a Colorado company has been piping tainted water from gas and oil drilling operations into Utah, where it has sat in evaporation ponds, releasing tons of toxic chemicals into the air for the past six years. The company operated without an air-quality permit and provided state officials with false information about the environmental impact of its operation.

Another story, this one from federal court reporter Tom Harvey, gives the details of how the criminal case against a man once accused of running one of the biggest Ponzi schemes in Utah history fell apart and was dismissed by a federal judge who also lambasted prosecutors for their incompetence.

The third story on the page, this one from government reporter Chris Smart, focused on the Aug. 5 landslide in North Salt Lake that destroyed a home and threatened a neighborhood. Smart’s reporting reveals that officials paid no attention to an 11-year-old geological study that warned of a dangerous layer of clay bedrock that, when wet, could produce slides. A 2013 study, commissioned by the developer and accepted by city planners, made no mention of the bedrock.

Each of those stories takes a hard look at how government doesn’t always serve the public good. They are examples of what we do here in the newsroom. We dig, ask hard questions and then provide answers the public needs and deserves. That’s what Utahns expect from us, and we work hard to meet those expectations.

Terry Orme is editor and publisher. Reach him at orme@sltrib.com.

Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment

About Reader Comments

Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.