Post-inaguaration day, I would have to conclude that JS Online was a little light on inauguration content. Going to the front page on Tuesday night, the site had clearly moved on to more pressing matters, such as cold weather and tax cuts.
However, after clicking on a link at the bottom of the main page, I did find their story on the inauguration from Craig Gilmore. The article was mostly a summary of the events with a look forward to the challenges Barack faces in his second term.
The best part about the story was the linking to videos and pertinent photo galleries down the side of the page. The three video links were to the "raw" inauguration address, Obama's ceremonial swearing of the Oath of Office and Joe Biden's swearing in. The photo gallery links went to galleries of the inauguration, Washington's preparation for the big day and photos from the official swearing in the day before.
The article took a very political view of the event. It didn't mention much at all about the pomp and circumstance leading up to Obama's address, such as Beyonce's or Alicia Keys' performances. It mostly related how political leaders reacted and the general political implications of the inauguration. I found it interesting that less than 36 hours after it had taken place, the inauguration was relegated to a clickable link on the front page of JS
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.