News for Nerds
Welcome to the new TMN. This is the second time we’ve tried to say that in as many years, but you wouldn’t have noticed—we discarded the previous new TMN after it was designed and coded, only a few weeks ahead of launch.
That new site was technically very correct for this moment in time. It was structured with a clear eye toward analytics, designed to perform against the tide of the content wars. It probably would have worked, allowing us to continue much as we had. And yet. It wouldn’t have challenged us as editors, or as a publication. There’s so much change occurring in the ways that you, we, and everyone we know gets their content online. Rather than fight it, or assimilate, we decided to do something different entirely, and focus on what matters most to our editors and this publication.
At the heart of The Morning News has always been our morning links to the most relevant, interesting, thoughtful, weird, and wonderful news stories and other things we find online. Our “headlines,” as we’ve called them, are the result of our constant obsession to stay abreast of what’s happening in the world, comprehend it more precisely, and broadcast what we discover.
This new version of TMN is us doing what you should do with any obsession—take it much too far in a very public way. This is us nerding out on the news.
Here’s how it works. In the past, our headlines were a gloss on the day’s events. Now we’re going deep on bigger stories, clustering our finds on the most relevant and valuable items all day and week long. Starting today, with the NoDAPL protests and the OSIRIS-REx launch, we’re collecting the best of what we find on and around the most interesting stories of the moment.
But as much as TMN has always been about news, it’s also been a place for us to catalog our own personal fixations. Now our editors will be cataloging the topics they’re most passionate about—from the occult to how women excel as leaders to our evolving dining habits to poetry as panacea. And because obsessions are more fun when shared with someone else, we’re hoping you’ll find some topics that interest you as well, and will follow along. Let’s fly our geek flags high.
Some things about TMN will stay the same. You can expect to see more of the personal essays and reported articles and contemporary art galleries we’re known for—and of course the 2017 Tournament of Books—right here. We’re pleased to kick off this new TMN with “Where Death Lies” by Wei Tchou, a piece we love about what it means to be Chinese-American both in the US and abroad, and why risking your life for food isn’t a terrible idea.
We’ll have a lot more to announce in the weeks and months ahead. Until then, thank you for reading, and a very special thanks to those who have been reading us for so many years. Thank you also to all of our editors, as well as our development team at Vector Media Group: Matt Weinberg, Rene Merino, Julian Fann, and James Turnley.
We’ll be ironing out some issues for a few days, but if you spot any bugs or anything that seems amiss, please get in touch.