Hey everyone, did you know there’s this new thing out there called the internet?
Ok, so the internet isn’t such a new thing, and you already knew about that.
But what about digital newspapers? They are just like regular newspapers, except the news is on websites.
Ok, so you know about those, too.
Well, here at your 150 year-old hometown newspaper, we have been a little bit behind the times for a while. Perhaps a quarter century behind.
Today, it seems like a long time ago when I wrote my first column in this newspaper telling our new community how happy we were to be here. In that column, I wrote about what a dream it was to own a small-town newspaper and that we wanted to produce the best product possible. I also promised that, over time, our customers would notice some changes. That was four years ago next month, and we are still working on some of those changes.
The latest change is an effort to move into the modern publishing era by launching a new website that will offer our subscribers another, convenient way to stay informed and enjoy our local reporting. It has taken what feels to us like a long time to take this step, but we had other work to do first.
The new website, bellevueheraldleader.com, is now up and running, but not perfected. The site’s homepage is open to anyone who wants to visit it; but for unlimited access, readers will need to be subscribers to the Bellevue Herald-Leader. Those who are not subscribers will run into what we in the industry call a paywall, which will limit readers to two stories per month.
Within the site, there will be two options available for reading and viewing the news. The homepage will offer a short description of each story. A click on that description will open a window with the full story. For those who want a more traditional look, we are offering what we call a pdf reader, a technical name that simply means an electronic image of the newspaper. For those who use the pdf reader, it will be a brighter, non-paper version of your Herald-Leader on the screen of your computer, tablet or smart phone.
For those accustomed to perusing their newspaper for coupons and advertising information, it will all be available, both on the regular site and through the pdf reader.
To get started, all you need to do is click the little man (in between the Twitter icon and the magnifying glass) in the upper right corner of the homepage and follow the instructions. If you run into any problems, please call our office, and we will help you out. Our main number is 563-872-4159.
And here’s the disclaimer.
The site may not be perfect yet, but we think it’s close to ready. To finish the job, we need to take off the training wheels and ride, so that’s what we are doing. Most of the content that you are accustomed to seeing in your newspaper should be available on the site, but there may still be a few omissions. In time, that will change.
For now, we hope you make use of our new site and enjoy it. Remember, it should be as easy as typing bellevueheraldleader.com and following a few simple instructions.
And thanks for your patience. It has taken us a while to get here.