Editorial: Changing with the times

Federal Computer Week launched its redesigned Web site last week. That is not something we would usually need to explain, except that we hope the changes on FCW.com provide a better way to bring you information.

The primary mission of Federal Computer Week and FCW.com remains the same: to bring you desirable and useful information. Our goal, as always, is to do that more effectively.

The redesign began because of our growing appreciation of the Web’s importance. FCW has been at the forefront of Web publishing. Several years ago, when we redesigned Federal Computer Week, we realized that you probably get most of your daily news online. Federal Computer Week remains a news magazine. We see these pages as part of an agreement with our readers that we will tell you what you must know and why you need to know it.

By contrast, FCW.com is akin to the traditional wire services that report…well, just about everything. But we realized that we were not organizing it in the most effective way for you to find what you want.

The new FCW.com accommodates the wealth of information that we publish each week and makes it easier to find the information that you want the most. FCW.com is still — first and foremost — a source for daily news. But the Web site also provides access to multimedia content, digital archives of print and online articles, hundreds of government documents, vendor white papers and other source materials — all of which are ways for us to share information.

We have added multiple entry points throughout the site, beginning with the home page, so you can easily jump from one feature to the next. We have also added numerous design elements to make it easier to navigate the site. And its organization more closely mirrors the design of the magazine, in which stories fall into one of four different sections: technology, policy, management and business.

We hope this is just a starting point. Our goal is to never launch another Web site redesign. We want this new Web site to be a platform for ongoing innovation so that the site will be different next year than it is today.

Let us know what you like — and what you don’t. And keep watching for ongoing changes online.


About the Author

Christopher J. Dorobek is the co-anchor of Federal News Radio’s afternoon drive program, The Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris, and the founder, publisher and editor of the DorobekInsider.com, a leading blog for the Federal IT community.

Dorobek joined Federal News Radio in 2008 with 16 years of experience covering government issues with an emphasis on government information technology. Prior to joining Federal News Radio, Dorobek was editor-in-chief of Federal Computer Week, the leading news magazine for government IT decision-makers and the flagship of the 1105 Government Information Group portfolio of publications. As editor-in-chief, Dorobek served as a member of the senior leadership team at 1105 Government Information Group, providing daily editorial direction and management for FCW magazine, FCW.com, Government Health IT and its other editorial products.

Dorobek joined FCW in 2001 as a senior reporter and assumed increasing responsibilities, becoming managing editor and executive editor before being named editor-in-chief in 2006. Prior to joining FCW, Dorobek was a technology reporter at PlanetGov.com, one of the first online community centers for current and former government employees. He also spent five years at Government Computer News, another leading industry publication, covering a variety of federal IT-related issues.

Dorobek is a frequent speaker on issues involving the government IT industry, and has appeared as a frequent contributor to NewsChannel 8’s Federal News Today program. He began his career as a reporter at the Foster’s Daily Democrat, a daily newspaper in Dover, N.H. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California. He lives in Washington, DC.

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