News site upgraded
The Pilbara News can now be read online in an easy-to-use new format after going live on an upgraded digital platform last week.
A new online platform is being rolled out across the North West regional newspaper mastheads — part of the Seven West Media network — and launched for the Pilbara News last Wednesday.
Pilbara newspapers editor Laura Newell said the new platform would make the newspaper simpler and easier to read on the go.
“We know your local newspaper is an incredibly important part of the community,” she said.
“We’re delighted that people can now access the paper on the run on their computers, mobiles and tablets at any time.”
The new HTML 5 platform displays your local paper in a similar format to The West Australian’s digital edition with a quick contents menu, easy scrolling between pages and three different pageview functions.
It allows readers to pinpoint articles of interest and go directly to advertisers’ websites simply by clicking on their ads — both new features not available on the previous platform.
North West newspapers regional manager Mark Hinch said the new system employed the latest technology used by major Australian metropolitan daily papers and was anticipated to grow readership.
“It’s all about availability and accessibility, whether the reader picks up their weekly paper to scan over coffee, or they open it up on any of their desktop computers, laptop, tablet or phone whenever they like,” he said.
“It’s immediate for them and an exact copy of the weekly edition.” Pilbara News and Redwave Media Karratha branch manager Judith Chapman said the new format was more “user-friendly”.
“It’s making articles easier to find and also our businesses easier to connect with,” she said.
“We’re really excited about the new platform and it will make it a lot easier for people to connect with us and for us to connect with our community.”
You can read the Pilbara News online on the new platform at digitaledition.smedia.com.au/ pilbaranews.
Pilbara News and Redwave Media Karratha branch manager Judith Chapman and Pilbara News journalist Louise Allingham.