High Country News redesigned website focuses on more news and better function

For immediate release: Aug. 28, 2014

High Country News, the leading source for environmental news, analysis and commentary about the American West, launched a redesigned website last week, offering more frequent news and in-depth features.

“We really wanted to focus on the readers' experience, especially their ability to navigate across topics of interest and into our deep archives,” said Tay Wiles, High Country News online editor. “Our website may look different, but our strong commitment to covering important issues of the American West hasn’t changed a bit.”

The website had not been fully upgraded for seven years, and this new design emphasizes a more visual display, with larger and better photography. Web-exclusive news is now integrated with stories from the twice-monthly print magazine, and the site has more depth than ever before. The archives are now digitized and go back as far as the news organization’s start in 1970.

The redesigned site and more than 40 years worth of stories on the American West can be found online at http://hcn.org.

About High Country News

Through in-depth reporting, High Country News covers the American West's public lands, water, natural resources, grazing, wilderness, wildlife, logging, politics, communities, growth and other issues now changing the face of the West. From Alaska and the Northern Rockies to the desert Southwest, from the Great Plains to the West Coast, High Country News’ coverage spans 12 Western states. The nonprofit news organization has won many awards over its years, including the Utne Media Award, the George Polk award, the Science in Society Award, the Native American Journalists Association Best Environmental Story, the Society of Environmental Journalists Award, and others.

Those interested in reading more High Country News stories can sign up to receive a free weekly newsletter via email at http://hcn.org/enewsletter/.

For more information about High Country News, contact Gretchen King, HCN audience engagement coordinator, at 970-527-4898 x14 or gretchenk@hcn.org.

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