St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editors Desk column [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Sept. 22--The St. Louis Post-Dispatch's various digital platforms have well-established ways readers can connect with vital news and information, whether on the run with their smartphones or lounging on the living room couch with a tablet device at night.
And some free Post-Dispatch mobile platforms have been improved recently to offer even better connections that help readers interact more easily and access more content, including multimedia.
You can download our app for Android, iPhone, Windows or BlackBerry by searching for Post-Dispatch in your app store or by going to stltoday.com/apps.
The Post-Dispatch mobile app recently was updated with a new design that highlights more content and offers a better reader experience. Among the updates:
--Slide-out navigation makes it easier to find more topics, more quickly.
--Deeper areas of content: For example, under Cardinals, you'll find the latest news, as well as a live scoreboard, video updates and stats.
--More prominent sharing tools. The articles allow you to share stories by text, email, Twitter or Facebook. Readers also can post their story comments to articles via a mobile device.
--The breaking news ribbon: When big news happens, you'll see the headline prominently displayed in a banner across the top of the app.
--More video: Catch Breakfast With Bernie, Upon Further Review with Bryan Burwell, Parents Talk Back with Aisha Sultan, food coverage from Feast magazine and many more.
--Push notifications soon will allow users to receive breaking news alerts on the Post-Dispatch news app. The PD Baseball app for the Cardinals already offers that breaking news feature.
If you don't want to download the app, you also can go to stltoday.com on your mobile browser and save the site to your home screen.
On the mobile site, readers can see Hot Topics and the Most Read content to discern what is trending in the news and social media.
Our fastest growing audience for the Post-Dispatch is our mobile site. About one-third of our traffic now comes from people reading the Post-Dispatch on smartphones or tablets.
Beth Wiggins, Post-Dispatch director of digital services, said a key enhancement for the mobile site is that it loads much more quickly and that navigation is more similar to the desktop experience. And the early reader feedback has been very positive.
Our desktop online audience typically would peak at lunchtime, Monday through Friday. But our mobile audience comes to us around the clock, seven days a week.
From breaking local news to sports, the newsroom continuously updates coverage throughout the day and night on stltoday.com and the mobile platforms. Post-Dispatch Deputy Managing Editor Bob Rose oversees the newsroom online coverage, which continues to expand with more video, multimedia and interactive content.
The print edition is most familiar to many longtime readers. But the newsroom continually refreshes the news sites every day of the year. Now our enhanced mobile delivery makes it easier for readers to stay abreast of the latest developments, wherever and whenever they desire.
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