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The Local launches Italy’s news in English

As The Local flings open its doors in Rome on Wednesday, country editor Angela Giuffrida tells us what to expect from the network’s bright new Italy edition.

The Local launches Italy's news in English
Photo: Aculine/SXC. Insert: The Local Italy's editor, Angela Giuffrida

You’ll probably be pleased to hear that we didn’t build The Local Italy in a day. Over the past few weeks, we’ve been busy packing the site full of news and views from one of Europe’s most captivating countries, and now we're ready to reveal what we've been up to. 

Italy may be mired in economic crisis, but there are also an awful lot of interesting, constructive things going on. Our aim is not to sugarcoat the gloom – you’d need a pretty big coat to hide it – but to show all sides of a country that still holds a tremendous allure for people all over the world.

One such person is Bill Emmott, the former editor of The Economist, who tells us about his love for the ailing country and what it needs to do to get back on its feet.

Elsewhere, in our Jobs section, you’ll find listings for job vacancies around the country, as well as tips on writing the perfect Italian CV, and interviews with expats who have carved out new careers in Italy.

Also, each week we’ll be profiling someone who, for better or worse, is in the news. We’ve already lined up a motley collection of personalities that features everyone from the first Italian to walk in space to the most famous adult-film actress in politics.

Finally, before you embark on an online trip to Italy, please take a few tips from us: always arrive late for dinner; don’t order a latte; do (almost) everything in Rome standing up.

Benvenuti a bordo

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What The Local’s new design means for you

You may have noticed that The Local looks quite different today. Here’s how our new design makes it easier to get around the site.

What The Local’s new design means for you

After several years with the same design we decided last year that it was high time to give the site a makeover. For one thing we wanted it to look nicer, but most importantly the new design is aimed at making it quicker and easier for you to find what you need without hassle.

You will notice, for example, that the site has a new menu bar that will direct you to the most popular categories. The example below is taken from our France edition but you will find variations on the same menu items on all our country sites. 

You won’t be surprised to learn that we are hoping to retire the Covid-19 category as soon as possible. 

On the desktop version of the site, if you hover your mouse over a category title you will find some of the most important related topics. 

If you click on one of the main categories in the menu bar you will find links to what are currently the most popular related topics. 

On the homepage, each article’s main topic will be displayed above the headline so you can quickly click or tap your way to more articles on that subject. 

You will also find more topics at the bottom of every page that will take you to related articles. 

One significant change is the introduction of a feature that will automatically load up a new article for you once you have got to bottom of the page.

Similarly, articles (like this one) that are not affected by the paywall will show an unlocked padlock. 

If you want to search for a particular topic the search tool is prominently displayed at the top left of the desktop and mobile sites. On desktop it’s just under the dropdown menu you can use to switch editions. 

As a members of The Local you will be able to quickly access your account details and update your newsletter preferences using the buttons in the top right. 

If you are not yet a member you can cast your eyes to the top of the site to see offers that are such good value you will wonder what you’re waiting for. Now really is as good a time as any to join. 

READ ALSO: How The Local’s members are helping us get better

We have also worked hard on significantly speeding up the site, which we hope will make your visits to The Local more enjoyable. 

You are sure to notice plenty of other changes as you get familiar with the new design. But one thing that hasn’t changed is our commitment to producing independent journalism that leans heavily on dialogue with our readers. 

With this in mind, we would love to hear from you if you have any feedback on the new design or suggestions for improvements. You can drop us a line at [email protected] or, if you are a member, you will as always be able to let us know what you think in the comments below the article. 

Thanks for reading, and we hope you like the new look! 

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