By the Habitat World team
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When Habitat for Humanity began publishing Habitat World in 1984 — eight years into our ministry — we did so in newsprint. We moved to a magazine layout in 1995 and have constantly tweaked our presentation ever since, striving to better tell the Habitat story.
This December, we celebrate our most recent Habitat World upgrade. This time, you can see the change on your computer screen. Or your tablet. Or your smartphone. We now have a robust, multimedia-rich presence online at magazine.habitat.org . And in 2012, in addition to three full print issues and their online companions, we will publish another trio of interactive, online-only editions of Habitat World throughout the year.
More than 1 million people already subscribe to our print magazine. We hope many more will choose to become readers online — so we can let even more people know what our volunteers, homeowners, partners and supporters are doing to build homes, communities and hope.
We think of this online magazine experience as an extension of what we love about Habitat World in print . Spend some time with our December issue, for example. In print, we laid out a colorful look at Habitat’s relationship with the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree and a new children’s book that highlights that connection. Online , we were able to present images from that book in a fresh way — and include videos to help bring the story to life.
In another feature, we caught up with people from Habitat’s past to celebrate our 35th anniversary. Our new web platform allows viewers to select  which families and volunteers they would like to learn more about, to see how they have made our ministry a success.
Our December print issue also revealed the winner of 2011’s Habitat World photo contest. Check out the feature online , and you can choose how to view the Top Five entries. View the photos in all their glory and then click to read the photographers’ thoughts on what their images signify.
We’re proud of this magazine and of all the people who help create it. We have only one goal. To reach more people with the stories that keep us all focused on our mission: to build a world where everyone has a decent place to live.