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Newly redesigned Online Journalism Review returns

The Online Journalism Review sports a new look.

The USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism’s Online Journalism Review (OJR) offers a newly redesigned website that Editor Brian Frank said better reflects the site’s content and commentary.

“We’re looking to involve the greater journalism community in the discussion,” Frank wrote in his announcement about the redesign. “We are now accepting submissions from reporters and media observers who can offer keen insight into the future of news.”

Since its inception in 1998, OJR has developed a reputation for “thoughtful, in-depth reporting and commentaries on the changing media landscape,” Frank said.

The article featured in the relaunch is an example of the dialogue-inducing articles for which OJR is known.

School of Journalism Director Geneva Overholser wrote an op-ed about the need for public interest to trump secrecy in gun control coverage. The article sparked a commentary among journalists, editors and citizens about one of the nation’s most controversial issues. She then responded to readers’ comments, which kept the conversation alive. One comment came from Dwight Worley, a New York journalist who wrote the original article that triggered the controversy over publishing information about handgun permit holders.

Among OJR’s new features is a section called “The Repeater,” which links readers to interesting stories about journalism on other sites. OJR followers can also interact with the site on its Twitter and Facebook pages, which have also been refreshed.

“With these advances, we will be able to build on our continuing commitment to help our readers understand and contribute to the revolution taking place in news,” Frank wrote.

“And that’s where you come in. Defining online journalism has never been more interesting. Is it about the ever-more important role of data? The burgeoning reporting potential of social media? The ever-richer conversation between communities and journalism? The changing role of professionals amid the convergence of news platforms? We want to hear from you. Maybe you have a topic you’d like to see discussed or maybe you have an article to pitch. Either way, we want to hear from you.”

Wendy Chapman, director of Web and instructional technology services, and her team of graphic designer Patricia Lapadula and Web developers Chris Guitarte and Jeremiah Bautista were instrumental in the new design and functionality of the site, with leadership from Frank, Overholser and Professor Marc Cooper.

“Our intent and goal is to make sure OJR continues to be a strategic voice in the national conversation and dialogue about digital journalism,” said Cooper, who founded Annenberg Digital News, which publishes the online news site Neon Tommy. “That’s the important role that OJR can and does play.”

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