On Aug. 21, The Monitor went live with its newly redesigned website – TrentonMonitor.com.

The new design will afford users a more simplified and streamlined approach to accessing content, and provides for greater integration of photos, videos and slideshows in posted stories, according to Rayanne Bennett, associate publisher. 

“The Monitor has had its own website since 2009, but this updated version will better utilize available technology and allow for us to create more engaging posts,” Bennett said.  “The end goal is a better user experience.” 

The release of the new web version comes in advance of The Monitor’s transition from a bi-weekly newspaper to a monthly magazine, which is set to launch in October.  A key part of the new format, according to Bennett, is expanding web coverage of regular news from around the Diocese’s local communities, right on up to national and international developments. 

“We needed to ensure that the website is as user-friendly as possible, and fully able to accommodate the expansion of content that will begin in September as we phase out our newspaper,” Bennett stated. 

While the new site has the capability of translating all content into Spanish, the Diocese’s Spanish-language news operation, Peces, will continue to have a dedicated web presence.  Matthew Greeley, diocesan coordinator for Spanish-language communications, will continue to manage that content and can be reached at mgreel@dioceseoftrenton.org.

Visitors to the website who are not subscribers will be able to view, print and download five free articles each month, along with a limited selection of open-access articles. Current subscribers will have full access to all live content as well as archives, and can use their subscriber ID number to set up their log-in on the new site.

Users can subscribe directly on the website, with digital rates as low as $3 per month and $15 per year.  All subscribers to The Monitor’s print publication (priced at $25 per year) are automatically given full access to all web content. 

Bennett encourages members of the Diocese to visit the new site and to explore, keeping in mind that the transition is still very new and certain functions, such as Google searches and social media connectivity, are still catching up. 

“We hope that users will share their experiences with us, especially if they need any assistance with logging in or accessing content they need,” Bennett said. “The more feedback we receive, the better we are able to implement needed changes.”

To offer your feedback, report problems, or submit a news tip, please email us at Monitor-News@dioceseoftrenton.org.