Staff Reports

The Morgan County Citizen, Madison and Morgan County’s weekly newspaper and leading source for hyperlocal information, has a completely revamped web presence.

“Our printed newspaper enjoys a 70 percent market penetration and is bar none the leading newspaper in Morgan County, but what many people don’t realize is that the Citizen’s website is the largest of any business in our market area in terms of visits. In a given month, our site generates between 55,000 and 60,000 individual visits! That’s huge! Our new website expands our capabilities to deliver integrated, print and digital marketing campaigns to our advertisers. We can now deliver greater frequency and impact! It’s an exciting time to be in our business!” Dianne Lively Yost, co-owner of the Citizen. “We were especially pleased to keep it local. Morgan County is lucky to have an award winning web design company like Madison Studios. They did an excellent job for us!”

Thanks to Chris Cook and the gang at Madison Studios, the site’s front page now features a slide show with the week’s top stories, followed by the run-down of the week’s staff-written stories. We’ve also divided the stories by types, so that you, internet-savvy readers, can find what you’re after more easily.

Most of these tabs are self-explanatory, but we did want to note that the tab for our photo galleries takes you to our SmugMug site, where we will post all of our galleries. Keep in mind: with photo-driven pages, there isn’t necessarily an article, but the photos – all of the photos, not just the ones published in the newspaper – will be posted in one of these galleries. Additionally, our “Special” tab will soon link to a site that will allow you to flip through our special sections, like the Tour of Homes sections, for example, published periodically throughout the year.

You can get in touch with us using our online contact form, too.

The new site also allows for reader comments on stories, so don’t hesitate to hop on the site and share what you think.

And for up-to-the-minute news and announcements, check out our Facebook feed – and “Like” us on Facebook! – which you can see on our home page. You can also follow us on Twitter: @MorganCitizen.

We’re currently working on our subscriptions and classifieds tabs at the top of the home page, in the hopes that you will be able to do even more online, like purchase or renew a subscription and place a classified ad.

Also in progress is our calendar link, which will include all the local govermental meetings, local events and submissions received from the public via e-mail. Those submissions can still come to morgancountycitizen@gmail.com.

So, what happened to the old site? And what do I do if I need to research older stories? Well, you can still get to our old site; go to the home page, and at the top, click “Archives.” Now, you should know, payment is now required to access our online archives: $5 for a week and $200 for a year. You can pay online, or you can give us a call, if you prefer.

We try to update the web toward the end of the week, so keep an eye out for updates. And we’re always open to suggestions, so contact us through the new site or e-mail morgancountycitizen@gmail.com.

We hope you like the site, and we’re looking forward to your feedback!