May 25, 2012

Design adapts new KPCC website to multiple mobile devices, the website for the Pasadena, Calif., pubradio station, has relaunched with a responsive web design that automatically adapts to viewing on smartphones, tablets and desktops — an especially useful feature for the 17 percent of its audience that accesses the content on mobile devices.

The site also features a new section specifically for video reports, a daily rotation of featured comments, and redesigned navigation and audio player.

"Content silos are one of the toughest problems many news organizations face," wrote Sean Dillingham, the station's senior user experience designer, in a post announcing the redesign. "KPCC was/is no different: we produce radio stories, blog posts, program segments, events, videos, and more. But by conceiving a base set of attributes and behavior common across all content, we were able to model our data in such a way that makes it possible, for example, to build a homepage that is able to feature any content type in any place where content can be featured (leads, offleads, 'in case you missed it' buckets, etc.)."

Sesame Workshop lays off "approximately a dozen" staffers

Sesame Workshop, parent company of Sesame Street, has laid off around 12 people, the entertainment news website Deadline Hollywood is reporting.

"So far the big cuts have been in the Digital Media department," the site said.

The Workshop declined to answer specific questions on the layoffs from Current, but emailed this statement: "As a result of our FY13 strategic planning process, we have shifted some resources to better align with our strategic priorities and new opportunities. Unfortunately, this has resulted in the elimination of approximately a dozen positions."

Gary Knell, Workshop c.e.o. for almost 12 years, announced last fall that he would take the helm at NPR in January (Current, Oct. 17, 2011).