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High Country News

High Country News is an award-winning independent news organization that reports on the West's natural resources, public lands, and changing communities. We built a powerful new website that fits their publishing model, looks beautiful and can be operated and maintained by HCN's editorial team. HCN is reaching more people and bringing in more ad revenue to support their award-winning journalism.

High Country News

High Country News

High Country News is an award-winning independent news organization that reports on the West's natural resources, public lands, and changing communities.

The Challenge

HCN approached ONE/Northwest with an aging, hand-built content management system that was full of problems. It was too hard for HCN's non-technical editors to use. It was unable to support the polished look-and-feel that HCN had developed for its print publication and it was nearly impossible for HCN staff to maintain.

Our Solution

We started with an in-depth planning process to help HCN articulate their business requirements and online publishing strategy. Based on these requirements, we built a powerful new Plone-powered website that fits their publishing model, looks beautiful and can be operated and maintained by HCN's editorial team.

We partnered with our friends at Web Collective to connect HCN's website to their existing subscriber database system, so that HCN subscribers can log into the site to read subscriber-only content, renew their subscriptions and more.

Readers are responding: site visits are up 17%, average time per visitor is up 38% and pageviews are up over 50%. HCN is reaching more people and bringing in more ad revenue to support their award-winning journalism.


Partners:
Web Collective Technical development work

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