THE Journal is becoming a hit from Amsterdam to Zambia, in languages ranging from Russian to Portuguese and back home with more readers who find they do not even have to leave their desk to pick up a copy.
It may have been going for 175 years, but the North-East’s leading regional newspaper has not been slow to catch up with the latest technology. And that technology has been used to make it easier and more enjoyable than ever for more readers to enjoy the special blend of news, features, analysis and opinion which have made the paper what it is today.
There is no substitute for turning its pages and catching up on the latest from across the North-East every day.
And now many readers have found that for less than half the price of The Journal’s print edition, you can have our award-winning newspaper delivered to your email in-box every morning, exactly as it appears on paper. That means that if you are away on business, or even on holiday, you can still read the newspaper. And thanks to the latest technology, you can even have it translated into any one of 10 different languages or read out to you by an automated voice.
Journal Online is now the news medium of choice for a number of high-profile business leaders in the region including Paul Callaghan, chairman of Sunderland-based technology and communications giant Leighton. Mr Callaghan, who is also a founding director of the Entrepreneurs’ Forum, says Journal Online is the perfect tool for busy executives who want to read the paper but have little free time on their hands.
“It’s an excellent service as it means I can access The Journal first thing in the morning and then I can go back and look at it again and again,” he said.
Mr Callaghan cites Journal Online’s archive function as its main advantage over the print version. “I like the fact that I can go back to look at earlier editions. If I have missed it or haven’t had time to finish reading it, I can keep my copy and go back and read the issues of that day at a later date. It’s a lot more convenient from my point of view.”
Among Mr Callaghan’s many titles, he is also a board member of regional development agency One NorthEast. The organisation also relies on Journal Online to keep its finger on the pulse of what is happening in and around the region. One NorthEast director of communications Stacy Hall says: “One NorthEast has subscribed to Journal Online since it was first launched.
“The ability to access the newspaper as it appears in print ensures employees working outside the region can keep abreast of what is happening back home and also provides an easy-to-access reference tool for staff working at computer terminals.”
As well as a number of digital tools, such as a magnifying lens and text search, the service is backed up by PressReader, which allows you to read the publication offline.
With an easy-to-use format, Journal Online is supported by advanced navigation tools which allow you to move from story to story, fast and effectively. Choose between electronically turning the pages or accessing the stories that matter to you in an instant via the contents page.
The service also includes all the regular Journal supplements that come with the print version such as Culture, Homemaker and The Journal Top 250 as well as, of course, nebusiness.
Journal Online is ideal for business people on the go, North-Easterners living abroad or for those who don’t have easy access to a local newsagent.
And it seems an increasing number of people share the same views as Mr Callaghan and One NorthEast.
Last year Journal Online’s subscribers grew to around 25% of those enjoyed by national newspaper digital offerings such as The Guardian and Telegraph. And the number of subscribers continues to grow.