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When weather conditions become dangerous, every moment matters. The Courier Herald recognizes this fact and wants to be a part of keeping our community safer. Earlier this week, there were tornado warning in Laurens and surrounding counties. When The Courier Herald learned of these warnings, issued by the National Weather Service, we snapped into motion to inform our readers and our community.
The first step we took to inform the public of the warnings was to issue a Twitter® update. Twitter.com is an SMS messaging service that has grown in popularity across the world and was even credited with assisting in uprisings in Iran during recent elections. It is a communications tool of the 21st Century and The Courier Herald is utilizing this technology as part of our growth as a local media outlet.
If you have a Twitter® account, you can follow The Courier Herald and receive updates on a daily basis about local stories that will be appearing in each day’s edition. More importantly, when there is an emergency, you will be informed. All our Twitter® updates appear instantly on our website, www.courier-herald.com and are viewable by everyone. If you follow us on twitter.com, you can also have our tweets (the official name of a single twitter submission) delivered directly to your cell phone. You’ll be updated on emergency and dangerous weather situations in real time, as they happen.
Luckily no one was injured in our area during this week’s storms. Unfortunately, storms will occur again and again. Instant mass communication is part of the future of news delivery. It has the potential to save lives and to reinforce safety, freedom and democracy. The trick is, you have to sign up.
Don’t wait around. Go to www.twitter.com/courierherald to start following us today. We will keep you informed in case of emergency, and keep you up to date on the stories that are breaking each day in The Courier Herald. It doesn’t matter if you are a print edition subscriber, a digital edition subscriber or an occasional reader. This service is free and it could save a life.
- Jonathan Dye
It’s about being part of a community. It’s a new way of envisioning the experience of interacting with your fellow citizens, and it’s centered around being a newspaper subscriber. The Courier Herald’s new website, launched on July 1, 2009, is for ALL subscribers. Yes, that’s right. Whether you subscribe to the digital edition (delivered to you through our new website) or the print edition (delivered to your home or office), you can still enjoy all the benefits of a free account to www.courier-herald.com.
Along with your free account, you can choose to subscribe online, in print or to purchase your newspaper out of one of our many boxes located throughout the area. You decide the method that works best for you, and then you can use The Courier Herald online to interact with your fellow readers. Our new website gives you the power to speak up and express yourself about topics that affect our area every day. That’s the power of a free online account.
So what else do you get with this account? A whole lot, and remember, it’s available to ALL subscribers.
Free account holders can go on www.courier-herald.com and create a profile that will allow them to post blogs and photos about the news that affects them. It’s very similar to myspace and facebook, but it’s topical to the news and events that are happening locally. It brings all the power of the Internet to every subscriber and reader of The Courier Herad. There are also forums, so that every reader can voice there opinions and share their ideas with others in our community. But that’s not all.
A free account also gives you access to the online versions of all of our major special sections, including Porter’s Guide to Hunting and Fishing in Middle Georgia, The Senior Living Guide, Letters to Santa, and many more. You’ll also have access to our monthly real estate guide, House Hunter, and interactive content including a gas buddy local gas price map and an interactive online sudoku puzzle.
The Courier Herald online is also a communications hub. It’s a new way for our subscribers to interact with their local newspaper. Members can submit Tell Its! online for printing in The Courier Herald Tell It column. They can submit Hometown News, Letters to the Editor, Wedding Announcements, Engagements and Who’s New. You can even upload photos directly on the website.
Want to call us? Want to email us? Go to www.courier-herald.com and go to the contact us page. There you will find the contact information for our newsroom and advertising departments. Whether you need to speak to a reporter, post a classified ad, or advertise in The Courier Herald, the website will give you everything you need to get contact the right person. It’s simple and easy to use. And it’s free to ALL our subscribers. Get yours today!
On July 1, The Courier Herald will be changing the format of our website and offering a full digital version of each day’s newspaper for online subscribers. This new version of the paper is exactly the same as the print edition, except that it is delivered to our online subscribers on their computers. It is fully interactive with a clickable page menu on the left side of your screen and clickable internal links on the pages (For example: If you see “continued on 3a,” on the front page of the digital version, then just click on those words to be taken directly to where that story is continued on page 3a.)
Not only will The Courier Herald be introducing this new and improved digital version of your newspaper, which our readers have been able to preview online for free during the month of June, but we will be offering this new digital version at the same low price as our print subscription. This gives all our subscribers more choices without higher prices. You can subscribe to the entire newspaper, whether print or online, for the same low price you’ve come to expect. You get to choose the delivery method that works best for you.
The new digital version will also come with some great changes and updates to our website. This includes the ability to pay for an online subscription directly through our website using a credit card or checking account. It also includes the ability to post classified ads to our website and pay for them directly on the site. You can post them online (and in the print edition) 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week. Your classified will appear in the print edition on the next available day. And remember, viewing the classified on the website is alway free, so there will be no limit to the amount of potential customers you can reach.
Other changes to the website include the introduction of new “Community” pages. These allow all online users to set-up profiles, upload photos, create blogs and post to community forums. There will also be ways for you to submit a letter to the editor, your hometown news stories, or Tell It! directly through the website. And all these features are also free to all our online users. No matter how you get the newspaper delivered, whether print or digital, you will have access to all these new features of the website free of charge. The two subscriptions have all the same great benefits at the same low price.
If you are already a subscriber, you can switch your subscription to the digital edition by calling 272-5522 on or after July 1. If you don’t call, you keep your print edition at the same price with no effect on your service whatsoever. If you want to start a new or additional online subscription, please visit www.courier-herald.com on July 1 or after. And thank you for supporting your hometown newspaper.