The Mankato Free Press

September 20, 2010 Jessica Hanevik

I observed The Mankato Free Press and how well it uses multimedia technology on the website. I was slightly disappointed with The Free Press’ layout. There are plenty of links to find stories throughout the website, especially on the home page, but not many videos, photos are audio clips. When I clicked on the Multimedia tab, I noticed that there was not one new post. The newest post was a video from the beginning of July, over two months ago. It should have multiple videos and pictures updated since that date.
I clicked around a few stories from the home page and was only able to find a few stories that actually had one photo. Toward the bottom of the home page, there was a box that had a number of videos. However, they were all videos from the Associated Press, not directly taken from a Free Press writer.
However, I noticed that the encorporated the newspaper’s Facebook page and sports writer’s blog. I was impressed that it used these different networking sites to catch more readers attention. I enjoyed the non-linearity that The Free Press displays on it’s website because it is much easier for a reader to see only what he or she is interested in. It is very easy to navigate the website to find what you are looking for.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. ritzbrit  |  September 21, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    I agree with you about the layout of the Mankato Free Press. Sometimes it is very hard to find articles or anything for that matter. I know it’s a smaller newspaper but they should have someone to update it more frequently. I think they lose some credibility (as well as readers) when they don’t update often.

  • 2. Cheryl  |  September 28, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    I have always enjoyed the coverage of The Free Press for Mankato and the surrounding area. Stop by their office downtown sometime and ask for a tour. It’s great to see how it all comes together.

  • 3. Natalie Stoos  |  October 5, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    I really like the layout of the Mankato Free Press website. It is set up to make the navigation for readers easy and I think it accomplishes that. I am dissapointed to read that they have not added a new video since July. They should always be updating their videos.

  • 4. jakebohrod  |  October 7, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    It’s upsetting that small-town newspapers aren’t jumping on the niche reporting bigger towns are embracing. Such as New York: http://jr.ly/4whx.

  • 5. Ellen Mrja  |  October 20, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    Just wanted to add that the July video you speak of, “Songs on the Lawn,” was produced by two of my students in MASS 330 last summer, Ashley White and Brittany Bulthuis. Yes.


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