Newspaper offers local news on the go
Local news has never been more important, and, because of that, O’Bannon Publishing Co. Inc. wants to reach its readers where they are. Whether that be in print, on a computer or on their phone, The Corydon Democrat, as well as its sister paper, the Clarion News, is now able to deliver all the news.
“A completely new digital offering has been added to increase our readers’ experience,” said Jon O’Bannon, publisher of the company.
A mobile app for The Corydon Democrat, “TCD on the go,” has been released so consumers will be able to access news at the touch of a screen anywhere and at any time. The mobile app can be found by searching “The Corydon Democrat” in the Apple and Amazon app stores, as well as the Google Play store. (The sister paper is also available by searching “Clarion News”.) Those with the apps will receive a notification on their phone each time an issue is released.
“The Corydon Democrat also made a transition to an entirely new website, which will bring much more content with it to readers,” O’Bannon said.
The web address is still the same, www.corydondemocrat.com, but the offerings have expanded. On the prior website, readers were used to an abbreviated version of the hard copy.
“The new and improved website has so much more, including all news and sports coverage from the week, Live Wire, court news, all columns, business and social news, classifieds, videos and more,” O’Bannon said.
Each week’s Spotlight story will be included once that feature resumes following the COVID-19 pandemic.
“On the new website, readers of The Corydon Democrat will be able to access our other new offering, the eEdition,” said O’Bannon. “An eEdition is simply an electronic version of our actual printed newspaper. You will be able to see the paper on your computer, tablet or phone exactly as it appears in print, skim headlines, sections and the photos from the week’s top news stories. You will see the paper through a browser, and it won’t require any extra software or downloads. And, you can increase font size or opt to have the stories read to you if you are busy or on the go.”
(The Clarion News’ website also had a makeover with the web address still the same: www.clarionnews.net.)
For a limited time, because many people are practicing social distancing by staying at home, access to the websites and all other offerings will be free so readers can stay up to date with the growing pandemic of COVID-19. Soon, readers will have the option for different subscription plans.
The traditional reader will still have the choice to subscribe solely to the print edition. The Corydon Democrat print edition is the traditional printed newspaper product, which provides in-depth news and sports coverage, photographs, local business advertisements, special sections and more delivered directly to them. (Printed copies of the newspaper will still be available for purchase at local newsstands.)
For those who like all digital news, a new option will be the digital-only option of The Corydon Democrat, which delivers breaking, local news as it happens in addition to stories printed in the newspaper. It also incorporates exclusive features such as photo galleries, videos, reader comments, all social media channels — which are constantly being updated — and more. Along with the online edition’s website offerings, you will also get access to the eEdition.
For those who have FOMO (the fear of missing out), the third choice will be the ability to have all of the above with the all-access option. With this subscription, you will be “in the know” with breaking news and all the news of Harrison County any time you want it, thus giving readers the ability to search archived issues for things that are important to them, such as obituaries, which are helpful for doing genealogy research, and sports.
“If you enjoy having a physical, tangible copy of a story written about you, a community member you love or your favorite local sports team, then you can have that with the printed copy of the newspaper,” O’Bannon said. “But, if you want to scroll through the local news while you wait at the doctor’s office, share an article on Facebook with your friends or save a PDF of an issue that won’t fade over time, you will have the online edition for that.”
To review these options and to see everything that can be done on the app and through the website, including the eEdition, The Corydon Democrat will host a virtual tour on its Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/TheCorydonDemocrat/) and on the website (http://www.corydondemocrat.com). Videos can be accessed indefinitely starting Friday that will showcase all the app and website features.
There will be a charge for these new subscription offerings so the company can continue to invest in its newsroom and product.
“We’re building a more modern site to allow us to bring our loyal subscribers the latest features, such as the option to view breaking news on tablets and mobile devices, an entirely new eEdition on mobile apps and more,” O’Bannon said. “We thank our devoted readers for your continued following, and we are excited to bring you the best options to consume your local news wherever you may be.”