Re-launch to give ‘platform neutral’ publishing

Johnston Press, publisher of the Halifax Courier, announces plans to re-launch the Courier in a move to “platform neutral” publishing.

The re-launch, scheduled for late May, will comprise the creation of a new “platform neutral” newsroom in Halifax with significant investment in both print and digital publishing, enabling seven days per week publishing online and on a new iPad app with news updates around the clock and comprehensive online sport and events coverage. This will be combined with a bumper print edition of a newly-designed newspaper once per week Friday, giving readers all of the key sections they currently enjoy as well as some exciting new developments.

At the same time the websites will receive a light touch re-launch with improvements to the home page and improved social networking and commenting functionality. A deeper change is planned for July 2012.

As well as the launch of the new dedicated iPad app the plans will see a substantial investment in marketing for the re-launch of online and print publishing.

Commenting on the re-launch initiative, Helen Oldham, Managing Director, said: “Our publishing strategy going forward will ensure that we give our local audiences what they want.

“While providing our existing audiences with an even better product, both in print and online, we will extend our audience by increasing our online content and making it easier to access in the most relevant ways as technologies continue to evolve.

“Our focus has always been on local and we will increasingly benefit from that core expertise with the rapid growth in both social media and in demand for access from mobile devices.”