Just the News debuts first update to Web design since 2020

Changes accentuate growing coverage areas, better tools for users.

Published: September 11, 2023 10:15pm

Updated: September 11, 2023 11:10pm

Just the News on Monday night launched its first redesign of its website since its debut as a news organization 3 1/2 years ago, offering an expanded homepage that showcases the growing areas of coverage by its journalists and new tools for users.

The redesign builds on the most popular aspects of the site, including the “Dig-In” tab that exposes the journalists’ source materials to readers as well as a new “shows“ page that combines the best of the brand’s podcasting and television shows.

It also introduced a few new features, including a gamification page where a daily quiz, and a weekly game based on the news is featured in partnership with an its partner Political IQ.

“Rather than redesign every aspect of the experience, we decided to give the site a facelift that accentuates the most popular tools, and adds some new features like the games,“ Editor in Chief John Solomon explained. “We also incorporated dozens of recommendations from our readers, including making searching, sharing and viewing content easier.”

Just the News tested the redesign with thousands of its readers over the spring and summer, making refinements based on the feedback.

The most visible change is a redesign of the homepage that includes several new categories of coverage, including the 2024 Election,  accountability reporting from the investigative team, and beat coverage on topics like security, the White House, Congress, energy and statehouse news.

“With the help of our readers we worked to make it easier to find our most popular topics, while empowering users to more easily search, share and engage our many multimedia features,” Solomon said. 

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