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Electronic Publishing students redesign The Jewish Chronicle's website

Masters in Electronic Publishing students at City University London have recently completed an exciting project for the 2011 spring term - devising new design ideas for the website of The Jewish Chronicle, theJC.com.
by Luke Nava

Masters in Electronic Publishing students at City University London have recently completed an exciting project for the 2011 spring term - devising new design ideas for the website of The Jewish Chronicle, theJC.com.

The project was part of the course's Design and Layout for the Web module and lasted three months, culminating with presentations to the editorial and web development team.

The students worked closely with the newspaper to develop initial concepts, digital prototypes and, finally, demonstration sites. These encompassed a range of approaches -
from redesigning the homepage layout to creating a social network to help the Jewish community plan weddings.

Neil Thurman, Senior Lecturer in Electronic Publishing at City, says: "Working with industry gives students an insight into the challenges that face online media outlets today - how to attract and engage with more visitors and generate revenue in new ways - so we're very grateful for The Jewish Chronicle's participation in this project."

The Jewish Chronicle's Executive Editor, Richard Burton, adds: "It was great to get a fresh perspective on our website from City's students. Really interesting ideas were generated through the project, some of which we are already seeking to implement on the site. Apart from anything else, these are young people consuming new media in an instinctive way. Aside from their academic input, there's a lot to learn from listening to this demographic."

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