Re: Jamie Jones
"HUGE PICTURE: Also often not even specific to the article, but some general stock photo."
I'll admit I was among those who suggested we make a better play of pictures. Perhaps they shouldn't appear on every article until we've either got a dedicated picture desk or they should be made smaller, or both. I don't make these decisions.
It's sad because it wasn't our intention to use pics that, as one soul said above, have "fuck all" to do with the stories.
"Time-format..... Is this being done to make it easier for people in different time-zones?"
I guess so. More than half our readers are in the US, and we have a healthy number in APAC.
So I think the main thing is that the in-your-face design we hoped would guide readers to the obvious big news – NATS cockups, Sony being hacked/sued, etc – and allow people to scroll down to peruse other stuff isn't working. There were worries that the previous design was looking like Ceefax.
Sometimes a big story or a really decent analysis can get lost in all the other coverage. Social stuff needed to be more accessible rather than tucked to the side.
What I'm trying to say is that there is method in the madness. It's the UK office's Xmas party tomorrow (Wednesday) and people are off and about for Christmas, so please don't get too frustrated if changes aren't made immediately.