New Dispatch app brings news to you faster and customized

Alan D. Miller
The Columbus Dispatch
Views of The Dispatch's redesigned mobile app, which offers many new features that make it easier to navigate and see the latest news.

The Dispatch has a new app, one that brings the news to you faster and allows for a customized reading experience.

The new app follows the launch of The Dispatch's redesigned website in September.

Those who use the app regularly should have received a prompt to update it. Those who don't have it already can download it by going to the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store, or by searching for "Columbus Dispatch" on your phone's app store. 

The new app offers faster load times, prominent headlines and improved navigation options to quickly find the stories, photos and videos you seek.

The app is organized to put our latest news and biggest stories of the moment at the top, making it easy to find the latest updates.

Videos and galleries by The Dispatch's award-winning photo staff are integrated into the app, and expanded section choices and personalized suggestions for most frequently read sections are among the ways the new Dispatch app improves the reader experience.

Under the sections tab, you can choose from a wide selection of topics in news, sports, entertainment, lifestyle, business and opinion to catch up on what interests you most. Sections you visit frequently will be saved at the top of the tab.

The app also should integrate with social media platforms, so stories you see on Facebook or Twitter will open in the app under your profile.

And each story includes prominent icons allowing you to save the story to a "saved" section in the app for later reading, and a "share/upload" icon that allows readers to quickly email or text a link, or share it on social media.

New Dispatch electronic edition

The Dispatch also has a new e-edition, which is a replica of the printed edition. It's available to all subscribers – print and digital – by clicking on the "e-edition" link in the black bar just under the Dispatch nameplate at the top of the Dispatch.com home page, or through the app.

If you read The Dispatch via a browser on your phone or tablet, you can find the e-edition from the home page by clicking on the three bars (sometimes called a "hamburger") to the right of the Dispatch nameplate, and scrolling through the sections to "Account," where you will find a link.

The rollout of the new e-edition a little more than a week ago came with a few glitches. They included some login issues and garble in a few stories.

The vendor that maintains the e-edition worked quickly to address those issues.

The new e-edition has a slightly different format – the index is much more prominent, for example, making for quick access to your favorite sections. The index can be collapsed with a click on the "X" at the top right of the index for easier reading of The Dispatch pages. Clicking on the "browse" icon will expand a page of the e-paper for easier reading. And a click or tap on a particular story will expand it for easier reading.

There also are buttons that allow for quick access to specific pages, the archive or a return to the index.

Dispatch headlines on smart speakers

Here's a reminder that there is yet another way to get the latest local news and updates from The Dispatch.

The Columbus Dispatch Headline News Express is free through your smart speaker. 

Ask your smart speaker to read you the news from The Columbus Dispatch, or go to Dispatch.com, do a quick search for "smart speakers" for easy instructions on how to access the flash briefings.

Alan D. Miller is editor of The Dispatch.



Alan D. Miller