Welcome to the new look Journal website

Bigger, better images and a less cluttered design are two of the more noticeable changes on the new website for The Journal - bringing you all your favourite content in a more appealing way

The new site gives a bigger showing to The Journal's opinion writers
The new site gives a bigger showing to The Journal's opinion writers

* Sign up to get the headlines you want direct to your inbox

* The most in-depth listings guide in Newcastle

* Look for stories in your area

* Stunning picture galleries

* Refreshed mobile website for your news on the go

The first thing regular users will notice is that the site is now less cluttered with bigger and better pictures.

We’ve taken the advice you’ve given us on reader surveys and created a site that’s specially tailored for what you want.

You told us that you wanted to see a greater emphasis on new and recently updated articles. In response, you’ll now see that the date or time an article was published is now more visible on every page.

We’ve also added “updated”, “exclusive” and “live” icons so that you can easily identify these stories too.

You also told us that finding it easier to navigate around the site was really important, so we’ve simplified the site structure to help you find what you're looking for more easily.

Hover over each channel and our new drop-down menu gives you shortcuts to all the sections and our Hot Topics at the top of each page let you know what subjects are trending.

We’ve also added more topic pages so that stories about a single person, organisation or subject are grouped together in one place.

One of our favourite new features is the full-screen picture galleries, which are mobile and tablet friendly. You can view one of these in this article here . We think it really showcases our images. What do you think?

Our mobile site has also been given a refresh because we know that’s how a lot of you want to get your news.

The Journal is committed to its local audience and so we wanted to give our local communities more emphasis too.

Hover over the In Your Area tab on the navigation bar and you’ll see a drop-down menu to take you to a section of the site dedicated to your local area. Or you can click the In Your Area button to explore and select a location from a map.           

All our local areas make use of striking imagery and a map showing stories near you. We will mark our stories by their location allowing you to browse the city and see what has been happening near your work.

Our great new what's on listings service , powered in partnership with Planvine, allows you to find things to do near you - from salsa dancing to the latest gigs we've got the best showcase of what's on in the North East.          

Plus you can find previews, reviews and great content from our team of what's on writers combing the city to bring you the best in the North East music, entertainment and arts scene.

We’ve added a Stay Connected hub at the bottom of every page to make it easy for you to get in touch with us: whether you want to send us a story or enquire about advertising, the Stay Connected hub is the best place for you to reach out to our team.

If you had a profile on the old site you’ll notice that the registration process has changed too and because of the site refresh you will need to re-register.

We’ve made it much quicker to sign in, with fewer questions as part of the registration, allowing people to comment far more easily.

Joining the new Journal community could not be simpler: just visit an article page and select the “Login with Facebook” option.

If you're struggling with how to log in and comment, there is a step by step guide on how to comment on the new site.

You can also sign up for our daily email newsletter to receive the best North East news in your inbox every day and for the business community there is a bulletin every weekday to help you keep up with the North East business scene.

So why have we made these changes?

We wanted to make The Journal website more tailored to you and what you wanted, based on your feedback. We also wanted to make it more accessible from your mobile.

At the same time we wanted to create a website that’s more enjoyable, informative and up to date. We hope you agree.


David Whetstone
Culture Editor
Graeme Whitfield
Business Editor
Mark Douglas
Newcastle United Editor
Stuart Rayner
Sports Writer