Sentinel 2.0 – New look, new features for LDS online paper

After almost four years and nearly 200 issues, the Latter-day Sentinel has changed its look.

Subscribers to the free online publication and visitors to the website will notice a few differences this month as Sentinel Webmaster Cameron Spear has introduced a sparkling new format for the paper, now read by close to 1,200 subscribers.

Headlining the list of user-friendly options is a handy “Search the Sentinel” feature on the left-hand side of the home page. It is here where readers can enter key words or phrases and track down stories on a wide variety of subjects.

Are you a fan of BYU basketball? Just enter the name of Head Coach Dave Rose and pull up stories ranging from his courageous victory over cancer to the Cougars battle against Gonzaga in the 2011 NCAA tournament. Looking for an article that spotlights your ward or stake? A quick search will locate accounts of everything from service projects to missions around the world. Wondering when President Gordon B. Hinckley visited the Inland Northwest for the dedication of the Spokane, Washington Temple? Just enter the late prophet’s name in the search box and pull up the story celebrating the 10th anniversary of the event.

While the original Sentinel logo designed by the paper’s creator and inaugural publisher Dennis West remains a prominent part of the Sentinel brand, the latest layout features a layered section of “Recent Posts” in the middle of the home page that will include stories from the current week as well as a handful from previous issues.

A pair of Sentinel staples – “Wholesome Recreation Guide” and “Sentinel Standout” – will be highlighted next, followed by the latest installment of “Image of the Week.” On the left-hand side of the home page, readers will find an “Archives” option that pulls up three features – “Recent Posts,” “Most Used Categories” and “Monthly Archives.” It is in the Monthly Archives section where readers can browse issues going back to the very first Sentinel, published June 1, 2009.

When the Sentinel was undergoing the design phase in the early part of 2009, the goal was to produce an online publication that would mimic a newspaper with sections that included arts, service, sports, business and more. That tradition continues with the new format as readers can click on the “Categories” box on the left side of the home page to pull up a menu that features a dozen sections and access to hundreds of stories.

Our valued Sentinel Contributors now appear in two columns on the right-hand side of the home page. As always, we encourage you to click on the ads representing these quality companies to learn more about each of them.

If you happen to be a visitor to the Sentinel website, but not a subscriber, just click on the “Subscribe to Our Newsletter” box to the left of the feature story to start receiving the free emails with new Sentinel stories each week.

There is also a “Contact” form available on the home page where readers can send story ideas, comments or inquires to the Sentinel publishers, editor and staff writers.  If you wish to add your two-cents to an article that has appeared in the paper, simply enter your thoughts by clicking on the “Leave a Reply” option that appears after each story.

A special thanks to Cameron for all his work in making this happen. As the paper approaches our fourth anniversary in June, we are proud to release the first issue of Sentinel 2.0.

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