JEFFERS0N CITY – Award-winning news and features Missouri Baptists have grown accustomed to will remain the same, but the look and feel of The Pathway’s website – www.mbcpathway.com – has undergone a dramatic upgrade.
“The Pathway has firmly established itself as a Southern Baptist, theologically conservative newspaper known for its colorful and challenging content,” said Editor Don Hinkle. “Our new website will continue to deliver the same content. There will just be more of it delivered in a new way. We’re trying to reach the widest audience in the best way possible.”
Pathway’s website was last redesigned in 2010. The new look was designed by Kenny McCune, who will serve as the webmaster. McCune is also pastor of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Jefferson City.
Readers will continue to find all the Missouri stories and opinion pieces that run in the print edition of the official newsjournal of the Missouri Baptist Convention, along with national and international articles from Baptist Press, One News Now, the Religion News Network, LifeSite News, Christian News Service and World News Service.
Each story will have a photo and short teaser on the site, allowing readers to get an idea of the content quickly. Readers can also find better integration and easier posting from mbcpathway.com to Facebook and Twitter.
The new incarnation should be easier to navigate, with clear categories and a more effective search engine. Another marked change is the new, simple and clean Pathway logo or “flag” which also appears on the print edition.
Just like the print edition, the online Pathway will remain free thanks to gifts through the Cooperative Program. A smart phone/tablet app is also in the works.
This marks the third redesign of The Pathway’s website since it was first launched in June, 2002, when it was created by the Missouri Baptist Convention Executive Board, which in turn, hired Hinkle, the only editor The Pathway has ever had. The print edition was first published in January, 2003. The Pathway now has a combined estimated readership of more than 50,000 throughout Missouri and around the world.