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  • Morning Bell: Welcome to the New Foundry.org

    Welcome to the new Foundry.org! Today, The Heritage Foundation is excited to re-launch The Foundry, the foremost conservative blog for public policy news.

    It was only 18 months ago that we introduced you to our former Foundry design. Since then, Washington policy debates have grown even more critical, and so has keeping you informed of their impacts. The face of digital news and media has also changed tremendously, and we are committed to ensuring that our product remains a pioneer among our peers.

    With the new Foundry.org, we can offer better navigation and content, more compelling video features, enhanced commenting and reader engagement, and superior ways for you to share our content and spread the conservative message.

    If you’re a regular visitor to The Foundry, you’ll notice the striking new ways you can interact with us immediately:

    Customize: The Heritage Foundation offers analysis over a vast array of issue areas. Our Leadership for America initiative offers 10 critical breakdowns that help visitors focus in on specific issue analysis. Some visitors care more deeply about one of these issues than the others. Now you can choose whichever issue you like from the menu at the top of the page and get a fully functioning customized experience specific to your wants.

    Navigate: With issues percolating — like Obamacare, the debt limit, the budget, Libya, oil prices, Afghanistan and so on —it’s hard to keep track of what’s important to keep your eye on. We hope to help. At the top of the page, you’ll see “Trending” issues that will allow you to quickly find stories on the news of the day. Below that is a scrolling feature of some of the most relevant stories of the day.

    Share: There’s a familiar joke: “If you don’t like the weather, wait a day and it will change.” The same can be said for social media. We have built the new Foundry to house the primary elements you need to share content and spread the conservative message today. And when social media offers new tools, we’ll be incorporating them. One new feature you’ll notice is Google’s “+1”. The Foundry is one of the first sites to integrate this new sharing tool that allows those logged into Google to offer advice on search results. Facebook and Twitter remain a core sharing feature for us, and we encourage you to “like” and “follow” us on there today.

    Engage: Below each blog post, you’ll see a new comment section. As you could before, you can still sign in as a guest and leave civil feedback, positive or negative, to our stories. But now, you can also log on using social media accounts to share your thoughts more broadly and personally. You can also react specifically to other user comments. We encourage a lively debate and discussion, but we also remind you to be respectful of one another. We’re all here on behalf of the same great nation.

    Investigate: Scribe is a new section we are thrilled to introduce. Rob Bluey, Director of Heritage’s Center for Media and Public Policy, is leading our investigative reporting unit that will dig deeper into stories the mainstream media ignores. Whether it’s the drilling moratorium, Obamacare, union intimidation, or other government overreach, Bluey and his team will be covering the story.

    Watch: The Foundry houses brilliant video products that deliver compelling conservative messages in a short minute or two. With new pop-up video boxes, it’s easier than ever to watch a video without leaving the page. On the right hand side of the page, you’ll see our daily featured video. We encourage you to click and watch. And if you haven’t already, find us on YouTube and subscribe to our page.

    Sign Up: The Morning Bell is the signature e-mail product of The Heritage Foundation offering you a quick conservative analysis of the most important news of the day. If you’re having a debate around the water cooler, the Morning Bell will arm you with the facts to help persuade your audience. If you’re not already receiving it, please sign up. And if you are already receiving it, thank you! Please ask five of your friends to join the nearly 200,000 daily individual subscribers.

    These are just a few of the new ways you can connect with us at The Foundry. We hope we’ve made visiting our site something you’ll enjoy doing on a daily basis. And if you’re on the go, check us out on your phone, Kindle, or iPad, where we offer magazine-like browsing within your browser. We’ll be rolling out incredible new mobile apps as the year progresses.

    As always, thank you for your loyal patronage and involvement. Without you, we wouldn’t have 345,000 fans on Facebook or 142,000 followers on Twitter. Without your support of The Heritage Foundation, we wouldn’t have over 710,000 members and growing. And we wouldn’t be able to offer you this amazing content from some of the greatest researchers, analysts, and policy experts around. Please check it all out. Leave a comment and let us know what you think. We look forward to seeing you again.

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    22 Responses to Morning Bell: Welcome to the New Foundry.org

    1. George Colgrove, VA says:

      Looks good, still some quarks to work out. Blackberry web browser needs to be checked. The site is a little jumpy. When you return to previous page from reading an article it resets the page to the first five articles (first page) even though you may have loaded several pages of articles. Mobile version is easier to read and is much more attractive.

      Comments are not showing up on website.

    2. Jeff Mackey says:

      Love it. Nice job integrating the latest social web tools.

    3. John Roane says:

      Keep the hammer going.

    4. Ray Reed says:

      I'm looking forward to the changes. However, I did notice that links are currently hard to see. If you could re-add the underline to links, it would be very much appreciated. Thanks.

      • Brandon Stewart Brandon, Heritage says:

        Great suggestion, Ray. We will take a look at that!

        • Ray Reed says:


          On my screens, the blue font colors of links barely look much different from the dark gray of the regular text. If links are underlined, that would surely help eliminate that issue.

          • Ray Reed says:

            As user of Firefox, I added the following code to the Styllsh extension:

            @namespace url (http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml);

            a[href] {
            text-decoration: underline !important;

            With it enabled, it is now hard to miss hyperlinks.

            • Todd Thurman ToddThurman says:

              Awesome, Ray! We're making the change you suggested this morning. Links will be a bit darker and underlined very shortly. Thanks again for the feedback.

    5. Roger says:

      How is this not a duplication of the comments resulting from your various articles? Also, there needs to be some mechanism to inform the poster of responses to their comments.

    6. Bobbie says:

      sure is different than previous…

    7. Anon says:

      Splendid upgrade! Keep up the good work fighting for freedom and liberty!

    8. Don Ruane says:

      I am glad The Foundry is back.

      Will be a regular poster to site on Fair Tax and Term Limits.
      Without these two laws we do not stand a chance of saving this nation.
      The why of it is that the Fair Tax stops all special tax gifts to Unions and Corporations and Term Li nits, Voter Imposed, kills the Congressional "Good Old Boys Network, presently called the Congressional Seniority System.

    9. Dan Kotman says:

      As usual, another home run from Heritage. Love the new look and added features.

    10. Ron Erikson says:

      How about a Droid app? Coming soon?

    11. Blair Franconia, NH says:

      Nice site.

    12. Mark Preston says:

      Your posts and the posts of the commenters needs to be in 12 point type size. I'm getting eye-strain trying to read this.

      • Brandon Stewart Brandon, Heritage says:

        Thanks for writing, Mark. There is a "Resize" button at the very top that should allow you to increase or decrease the text size. Hopefully that helps.

    13. Ron Boom says:

      Looking forward to using the new release.

    14. Ken N. says:

      I would like to see a larger font. I almost always have to enlarge on screen to read any of this stuff, then sometimes it loses the stuff around the edges.

      • Todd Thurman ToddThurman says:

        Thanks Ken. You can use the resize buttons located in the top right hand corner. The text will be resized to a larger font without changing the framing on the side.

    15. Laurie Morrow says:

      Hi, Rory,

      The site looks absolutely splendid on my personal computer, a MacBook Pro. I've done website analysis professionally, and you guys knocked this one out of the ballpark.

      But on my workplace Dell, I can't see the images. I work for Heritage (a writer in Major Gifts/Development) from my home office in Vermont, and am enjoying my coffeebreak touring your relaunch.

      Congratulations on your fine work here!


    16. BackwardsBoy says:

      This is a great site. I'm always on the lookout for things for issues to opine upon over at my little blog, Everything Is Backwards, http://backwardsboy.blogspot.com/

      I respect Heritage a great deal and look forward to my daily visits here.

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