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ATHENSi.com gets top-to-bottom makeover

by Robert Stewart, Director

A long-time portal site for news and information related to Athens, Ohio has just gotten a major face-lift, thanks to online journalism student Lauren Hutchison.

More than a decade ago we launched athensi.com (pronounced “Athens-eye-dot-com”) to gather up onto one web platform news and information from various local media outlets. In the early years, this process involved a lot of cut-and-paste, but all of that changed when RSS technology made it possible for us to subscribe to various feeds. The automation of RSS meant that athensi.com could work 24-7, but it also meant that we didn’t have much control over the look and feel of the site. Until now.

The new design is on a temporary server, which also hosts our student-produced magazine, Southest Ohio. Once Lauren and Prof. Hans Meyer, her supervisor, get some user feedback, the site will be tweaked and moved to its permanent site: athensi.com.

February 14, 2012

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