If Prince William Today were a baby, we’d just now be learning to hold our head up, play with a few simple toys and maybe roll over.
But at only 4 months old, we’re growing faster than that. Heck, we can almost crawl.
So it seemed a good time to update readers on our progress and to let you know about some changes and new features.
For starters, as those of you who’ve read the paper since our first issue appeared Jan. 11 can tell, we’ve grown. Literally. The number of advertisers has been increasing, and this has allowed us to publish more news pages, which provides you with more information about your community.
As we’ve refined the news formula, we’re excited about several features that have become quite popular, including the weekly photo spread that appears on the next-to-last page each week. This feature spotlights a community event each week, so if you have an event you’d like us to cover, don’t hesitate to let us know. We have a small staff and can’t get to everything, but we’ll do our best.
Our “critter” column by Karen Peak and “family tech” column by Mark Stout also have proven popular, and the weekly calendar of events on the Lifestyles page continues to grow. Roger Snyder’s “Views from Above” provide a unique perspective on all the growth and development going on around us.
As we’ve grown and also fully built out InsideNoVa.com as our own web site, we’re excited to announce some other changes and improvements:
- InsideNoVa app: The InsideNoVa app, which was dark for several months, is back up and running and available in the iTunes store and Google Play for free. Download it and keep up with all the local news while on the go.
- E-edition: For those of you who like to “go green,” a digital edition of Prince William Today is now available– and for $19 a year, it’s half the price of a subscription to the print edition. This is a great way to read the “paper” on your computer or tablet device without getting ink on your fingers. If you already subscribe to the print edition, then you can access the e-edition for free. Visit insidenova.com/eedition.
- Now that the digital edition is available, frequent InsideNoVa visitors will notice that not all stories from Prince William Today are published on the web site. Like many other newspapers across the country, we’ve found that we can’t give away all of our content for free, so some articles are available only to subscribers through the digital edition.
- Daily newsletters: One thing that remains free is InsideNoVa’s daily e-mail newsletter, delivered every weekday to your inbox. This is a great way to receive an update on the region’s top news stories of the day, because InsideNoVa now includes content from our sister newspapers serving Loudoun, Fairfax and Arlington counties. Look for the link to sign up for e-mail newsletters, including breaking news alerts, on the right side of the web page.
- Best of Prince William: The annual “readers choice” contest to identify the favorite businesses, people and sites in the community is underway. Visit InsideNoVa.com and look for the links to the Best of Prince William voting to cast your ballot in more than 110 different categories. Voting deadline is May 27, and winners will be published in a special section of Prince William Today on June 28.
- NorthernVaSports.com: Our regional sports web site is also now fully functional and covering the high school and local sports scene through the region. Up next: Our to-be-annual end-of-the-year high school sports awards.
- Jobs.InsideNoVa.com: Our new regional job board builds on a partnership with a company called Real Match that allows us to match candidates with job openings at area companies. Visit the site, upload your resume and search and apply directly for jobs.
Finally, we’re excited to have had some opportunities to be out and about in the community in recent weeks at events such as Manassas Regional Airport’s air show last weekend. We’re the ones in the garishly bright red shirts, so you can’t miss us. And when you see us, don’t hesitate to let us know what you think about Prince William Today and InsideNoVa.com and how we can continue to improve and grow.
Bruce Potter (email@example.com) is regional vice president of Northern Virginia Media Services, which publishes Prince William Today. Watching the wing-walker at the air show reminded him of putting out a newspaper every week – you just hang on for dear life!