Vancouver Sun

Mark on November 30th, 2008

UPDATE: Dave, in the comments, says RSS is coming in a few days. A couple of further notes on the redone Vancouver Sun website: 1. The handful of readers who have so far commented are pretty much split. Some like it, others don’t. That’s pretty typical for any redesign, either of a newspaper or its […]

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Mark on November 29th, 2008

UPDATE: This is sweet. The new Sun video player is huge (at least by web standards). The Vancouver Sun, the local quality daily, has gone live with a remake of its web site. I haven’t had a chance to dig too deeply into yet, but it’s nicely done. The site is about 20 per cent […]

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Continue reading about What the local daily did (update)

Mark on October 4th, 2008

My local daily, the Vancouver Sun, has gone through some changes. In fact, the words of a headline writer, A new Sun is rising. Editor-in-chief Patricia Graham has the details in an online piece. In brief: There’s been a swap and the A section is now local news; national and international news has been moved […]

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Mark on September 19th, 2008

From the website of my local daily: Early morning fatal crash closes Highway 7. I had to read that: my Significant Other drove Highway 7 this morning on her way to a meeting in the suburbs. Some fact: Highway 7 is 149 kilometres long. It starts in the city and runs east through a number […]

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Continue reading about Where have all the copy editors gone?

Mark on August 14th, 2008

How come the Vancouver Sun’s Olympic pages look so much better than the rest of the newspaper’s website? (Although it is a little odd that the main feature box is titled “Photo of the Moment” and features four photos.) Are we seeing a preview of what the Sun is working toward? UPDATE: Ah! As John […]

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Mark on June 4th, 2008

View Larger Map The headline and deck in the Vancouver Sun RSS feed caught my attention: Police warn women walking alone and Three separate sexual offences have occurred near Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver. Queen Elizabeth Park is not far from where I live, so I’m interested. The article tells me everything I need to […]

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Mark on May 19th, 2008

Vancouver Sun, the local quality daily, has finally ditched it’s lame home-built slideshows and gone with Joe Weiss’s Soundslides, which has been the online newspaper standard for at least a couple of years. (Here’s a sample.) Meanwhile, the latest beta for Soundslides adds more than 50 changes, including full screen slideshows. Sweet.

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Mark on May 8th, 2008

This headline drew my eye, particularly when combined with the dateline “Surrey.” Bear attack prompts conservation officers to issue vigilance warning. Surrey is a suburb of Vancouver. While bears are not that uncommon in the suburbs, attacks by bears are exceedingly rare. I can’t remember one, in fact. It wasn’t until I got to the […]

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Mark on May 4th, 2008

DesiFest, a 10-hour celebration of south Asian music and dance, was held yesterday in Vancouver’s Gastown. I know The Vancouver Sun covered it: I saw their photog tramping around the stage, shooting. Last night, at 10 p.m., the Sun RSS feed pointed to a gallery of photos, but when I clicked the link just now […]

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Mark on April 17th, 2008

I have no idea how this came about, but the perception is awful: the inside back page of the B section in today’s Vancouver Sun features two lengthy articles — on cosmetic dentistry and children’s teeth care — under an “Oral Health” page banner and with only a single ad on the page. For Crest […]

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