Welcome to The Wire! We’re thrilled to unveil our new look, a new domain, and a new name. Over the last few months we’ve rethought every part of our site — our home page, article page, navigation bar, and standing features — to better fit our mission to be your most trusted source in the social news era.
After all, news has always been social. But these days all stages of the news process — its gathering, its selection, and its distribution — are being disrupted by technology. It’s not just where news breaks that’s changing, it’s also who breaks it. The number of people who are participating in all three of those stages has expanded with each new media platform — from cable television to the web to social media. The rise of social networks has created a publishing platform where professionals, self-declared experts, and everyday citizens serve as individual news networks — sometimes accurate and many times not. The problem for readers is how to keep up and whom to trust.
That’s where The Wire comes in. Amid the chaos of the current news ecosystem, the editors and writers here are constantly monitoring the social conversation and looking for ways to participate in those discussions. The Wire is a real-time filter of ideas and information, helping readers absorb the stories, voices, and opinions that really matter — and understand the context, quickly. But primarily what guided us in this redesign was you — our readers, and what you've been telling us about how you want to experience The Wire.
The change to the site I’m most excited about is our fully responsive design that allows for a seamless experience no matter the device — desktop, tablet, or phone. If you’re reading this on a desktop, go ahead and try shrinking your browser window and you’ll see the whole page adjust to fit — or better yet, grab a phone or tablet and you’ll see a beautiful presentation. These days nearly 40 percent of our audience is using a mobile device, so it was important that our new design gave mobile readers a full Wire experience, not a hobbled mobile-only version, optimized for whatever device they were using.