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Editor’s Notebook: This website has some new features you may not have noticed

This column will tell you about some of the features you’ll find on this website. If you’re already familiar with our website, I’m going to point out some additions we’ve made that you may not have discovered.

FOOTBALL

If you’re a college football fan, you’ll definitely want to click on our Sports section and go to the link at the right-hand side of the screen titled “AP College Football News.” There you will find so much more than we could ever fit inside our printed Sports section.

That’s the beauty of the Internet — there’s unlimited space and you can view slide shows from a wealth of football games played so far this season, as well as news articles about past games and the key matchups coming up next.

In this section is the AP Top 25 football poll. If you place your cursor over the team you’re checking and click, you’re taken to another page that’s chock full of stories, photos, schedules and conference information. If your favorite team isn’t in the Top 25, but it’s played some Top 25 teams, you can see still the photos and stories from those contests. As the season progresses, expect to see stories about which teams are selected for post-season bowl games.

NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

We also have a feed of stories, photos and videos from The Associated Press on our website. Since our focus is on reporting the news and sports in Douglas County, this section takes you beyond our borders to offer insight into the latest news going on across the country and world.

The videos available at midday Friday varied from a silent light show at the Empire State Building in New York City to some breaking news of a shooting at Los Angeles International Airport.

The video playlist has categories such as sports, politics, money, showbiz, offbeat, sci-tech and most watched.

To find the AP News, scroll to the bottom of the home page of nrtoday.com and look under the heading of Reader Tools.

READER PHOTOS

If you enjoy seeing reader-submitted photos for the photo gallery that appears daily on our Umpqua Scene page, you might also enjoy seeing them in high definition on your computer screen. You can view them as a gallery or a slide show at varying speeds.

To find them on the website, look under the Marketplace tab at the top of the home page and then click on photo galleries. If you enjoy taking photos, we’re happy to include them in the gallery. You just have to upload them to www.nrtoday.com/myscene. You do need to register with an email address and password to submit photos. If you’ve entered one of our photo contests before, then you’re already registered.

VIEW MORE STORIES

If you like to look at all of the stories posted in the past week or past month, it’s much easier to do that now. On our main and featured pages with photo carousels — news, crime, sports, entertainment, business, health, Douglas County Moms, outdoors and obituaries — there is now a line below the last headline that reads “View more stories.”

By clicking on that line, you will see headlines and thumbnail photos for 20 more stories. Then you can scroll to the bottom and click again and you’ll see 20 more stories in that category. You can keep going back farther and farther, if you desire.

READER TOOLS

I mentioned Reader Tools above and that’s a good place to connect to other useful links on our website. The “Contribute” link is particularly helpful.

There you can click on links that allow you to submit letters to the editor, obituaries and stories about weddings, engagements, anniversaries, businesses and more.

If you have questions about other aspects of nrtoday.com or The News-Review, don’t hesitate to write or call. I’ll try to answer them or find someone who can.

News-Review Editor Vicki Menard can be reached at 541-957-4203 or vmenard@nrtoday.com.


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The News-Review Updated Nov 5, 2013 02:55PM Published Nov 3, 2013 12:54AM Copyright 2013 The News-Review. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.