Saturday, November 28, 2015

A new experiment invites you to 'Talk' on

Our new "The Talk" section is interactive, visually-driven and (I think) really cool. Check it out, and tell me what you think!

A new experiment invites you to 'Talk' on


The higher-ups at have shown their brilliance by choosing a big-news, big-reaction day to launch our new interactive feature, The Talk.

The page is designed to be visually-driven and interactive.  It's curated by Daniel Rubin, an Inky columnist and our director of social media. 

We know anecdotally and through surveys and focus groups that readers want more interaction and a more comprehensive place to find the news they're most interested in.  I think the page is fabulous, but then again I'm biased.  We need your input to see what works and what doesn't.  Is there something you want to see that isn't there?  Do you like the mix of news?  Would you prefer more focus on videos and photos, or on conversations?

Since I cover Montgomery County, I am most interested in learning whether reader engagement is greater (or takes a different form) for local issues vs. national / trending stories.  Obviously on a day like today, the Defense of Marriage Act decision is dominating headlines and social media.  But a couple of weeks ago when the building collapsed in Center City, local news carried the day.  I'll be watching and participating over the next few months, I hope you will too.

Here's how the page works, give it a try and let me know what you think! 

  1. At the top, thumbnails of some of today's best photos (click once to enlarge, and again to shrink).
  2. Below the photos on the left, a live-chat module called CoverItLive lets you comment and converse with Inky reporters and readers.  Suggest topics, leave comments, or post links and videos.  Already today, the live-chat has covered topics from Texas' abortion filibuster debate to the Supreme Court's ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act.
  3. In the middle, a live blog covers the news that's "prompting the most interesting conversations."  Here, Rubin uses Storify to pull in people's tweets, links, videos and photos. (The big news now is DOMA).
  4. On the right, Rubin ranks today's best stories from and posts Philly-relevant stories from other news outlets (like a great critique of Vogue's Philadelphia map.)

The site is also optimized for mobile devices, so it'll look great on your phone or tablet.

We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy: comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
comments powered by Disqus
About this blog

Montco Memo, a blog written by Inquirer staffer Jessica Parks, covers police and courts, issues and community news in Montgomery County.

Carolyn Davis
Jessica Parks
Also on
letter icon Newsletter