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I had a job in the great north woods, working as a cook for a spell. But I never did like it all that much, and one day the ax just fell

JUNE 6, 2012: The Watertown Daily Times will soon be unveiling its revamped website, which has been a year in the making.

Last summer we installed new software for all of our Northern New York newspapers, an arduous task made difficult by distance and various editorial content unique to each publication. But we think the improvements will be worth the effort.

Our web manager Rick Pominville has been dutifully writing codes and testing designs that will make the Times, the Ogdensburg Journal and the Massena-Potdam Courier-Observer easier to navigate. Each website will have more content and photography, and shortly after we launch you will see other enhancements, such as locator maps with stories.

A new feature involves our photography. We are excited to join in a partnership with Timeless Frames to produce an upgraded photo display option that will allow you to view all of our award-winning photography and buy reprints of images. Timeless will also offer options to put our images on shirts, calendars, etc.

The home page of our websites will feature breaking news, stories from that day's paper, and a story carousel that will give added prominence to our top news, sports and feature stories. We will also give more emphasis to breaking world and national news.

Readers of the Times website will note the obvious improvements, but readers of the Journal and Courier-Observer will see the most change. Those sites will soon have all the same features as the Times website, but with the emphasis on news from the respective communities. And all the products will be linked for quick navigation among the three papers.

We have widened our website home page so that it is more compatible with today's larger computer screens, while also being convertible for tablet computer screens. Soon we will also have e-editions of our products as well.

In time, we will be adding the Carthage Tribune and the Lowville Journal-Republican online.

There are still a few wrinkles being ironed out, but we are nearing the finish line. After you take a look at our new site in the next week or so, I hope to hear from you bgorman@wdt.net">bgorman@wdt.net with suggestions for more improvements.

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