The new News Blog seems to be working out well (i.e., no complaints), and it strikes me as perhaps the most significant development for the website since its debut over ten years ago. At last, the site is not constrained by my own personal schedule (which has in recent years been even more constrained by security restrictions at my dayjob, which prevent my ability to update the site during work hours, i.e. 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. or so, Pacific time), while the Locus Home Office has realized that posting a certain amount of breaking news on the web is necessary to compete with other news sources, and does not necessarily compromise its monopoly on insider news of the SF/F publishing field. (Of course, subscriptions are still down...) Correspondents who send me emails during the day about breaking news might well send such alerts to email@example.com
And more changes are coming.