Written by: Nick Houser
Date: February 24, 2016

Screenshot of WOSU's new website on a desktop and smartphone browser

Earlier this month, WOSU’s Digital Media Team unveiled our new website, a project that we’ve been working on for more than a year.

Our new online home is a fresh take on the online services of WOSU Public Media. The clean design, simplified navigation and mobile-friendly features means you can now easily see all of our great content on smartphones, tablets and desktop browsers.

As we revamped WOSU’s homepage we wanted to create a space that allows us to feature a diverse mix of our locally produced content. Each day, the new homepage features in-depth and thoughtful news from the 89.7 NPR News Team, All Sides With Ann Fisher programming, classical music news from our Classical 101 hosts, blog posts from our expansive blogging team, as well as a look at upcoming programming on WOSU TV.

Across the site, we’ve rolled out dynamic drop-down menus for WOSU TV, WOSU Radio and WOSU Classroom. I’m excited about the WOSU TV dropdown menu which features a quick view of what will be on our main TV channel over the next few hours.

For theĀ WOSU TV section of the new website we created an area that allows us to feature upcoming PBS programs, our local shows like Broad & High, Columbus on the Record, Columbus Neighborhoods and Songs at the Center, and on-demand programming that is available through our video portal at video.wosu.org.

Some other highlights of our new site include:

The Classroom section was totally redesigned and is now much easier to navigate and allows educators to find classroom materials and workshop information.

We now have a Members Resource area which allows WOSU Public Media members to service their account more efficiently. In this area members can now update their credit card information and personal information as well inquire about the WOSU MemberCard and our monthly TV program guide, airfare.

We also debuted a WOSU Productions section to showcase the work our award-winning and creative staff has produced for Ohio State University and the Greater Columbus Arts Council.

All of our blogs, Next Avenue CBus, Off Air, our local food blog Chefs in the City and the TV Program Directors blog, have been centralized in one location.

We’ve also unveiled a new Events section will allows us to showcase our events – like the upcoming Downton Abbey Wrap Party & Series Finale Screening.

The site was developed by Columbus Digital Advertising Agency Cement Marketing. Several staff members at Cement Marketing have backgrounds in media, so our partnership was a natural fit to develop a new website that featured new content every day. They truly helped us develop a site that shines a spotlight on all the great content produced by WOSU.

As you explore the new site and have any feedback or questions, please feel free to send me an email at nick.houser@wosu.org with your thoughts.