The front page of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's website, JS online, on Sunday night.
First off, I have to be honest. This is not my "first" impression of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Through my work at the Marquette Tribune, I have actually toured the JS news room and sat in on a budget meeting. I also follow Michael Hunt's posts on Marquette men's basketball quite frequently, as he covers the team as well as any professional. So I know the paper and their work pretty well.

Coming to the website, it's obvious that the JS values the awards they have received. Under their logo in the top left corner, it says "2011, 2010, 2008 Pulitzer Prize Winner." In their defense, I think I would play that up too. That definitely gives off the feel of quality journalism on the page before me.

The layout of the page doesn't blow me away, but it's certainly efficient. In that main box above, which features the most timely and important stories, five article links are present. The main article about homeless shelters filling up, features two links, one to an investigative story written by Georgia Pabst and another to an adjoining photo gallery about it getting cold outside.

The sports links, also known as the ones I care about, are towards the bottom right of the main page, but you have to scroll down to see them. Right now, with the NBA in season, the featured story is about the Bucks. When baseball kicks into gear in the spring, I will make sure to read Tom Haudricourt, the Brewers beat writer. he's widely considered one of the best newspaper baseball writers in the country.

I'm genuinely excited to learn more about the community I live in this spring while following the JS with weekly posts. Their investigative reporting is top-notch, and their sports coverage should keep me coming back for more. 

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