Welcome to the NEW paNOW!

September 30, 2014 - 9:35pm Updated: October 1, 2014 - 6:44pm

Welcome to the ‘new’ paNOW!  As you check us out you’ll find the same information you’ve come to expect in a fresh, new package.  Our team of talented designers and programmers has put more focus on photos and they’ve designed paNOW to display correctly on mobile devices.  It’s hard to believe but nearly four years ago when we launched paNOW most of our readers consumed paNOW on desktops and laptops.  Today, more and more people are checking us out on mobile phones and tablets and ‘pinching and pulling’ just doesn’t cut it.  Rather than develop a bunch of apps we opted to rebuild paNOW in a ‘responsive’ format; meaning when you come to paNOW the site will recognize the device you’re on and will automatically resize to fit your screen.  In the coming days we invite you to check us out on all your devices and take us with you wherever you go.   You’re mobile and now so are we!  We’ve nicknamed the new paNOW a ‘newspaper in your pocket’.  

The fresh, photo-driven, responsive design is a definite improvement but rest assured it did not come at the expense of content.  You can continue to depend on paNOW to be your 24/7 source of local news and information.  We continue to deliver more local, in depth news, sports and community information all from the largest news and information team in central Saskatchewan.  We’ve invested a great deal to have the most experienced and professional news/sports team and it shows in the product they work hard to deliver every day.  At the end of the day, it’s all about content and paNOW remains as committed as ever to our mantra Prince Albert…RIGHT NOW!  Sometimes we make mistakes and we invite you to correct and challenge us.  You can always take our reporters to task in the comment section of every news story.  As always we welcome your story ideas and content suggestions too.

As you navigate the new paNOW you’ll see we’ve moved a few things around.  We’ve moved See, Click, Fix – a place for you to report issues of community concern – under the Community tab in the menu.   Our many local columnists are now displayed under the Opinion tab.   Please check out the contributions from these community bloggers on subjects ranging from Indian Cuisine to health and fitness; all written by local experts with a passion for what they do.

Under the Weather tab on weekdays you will see the latest forecast from CKBI Meteorologist Henri Dagenais – central Saskatchewan’s only local, professional weatherman!  In response to requests from area realtors we’ve created a real estate section to show off area homes.   Readers tell us our movie listing section is better than Galaxy’s!   We’ve also pulled local sports to the front page to showcase the focus we have on local sports and the excellent reporting of our sports team Jeff D’Andrea and Drew Wilson.

Perhaps the new section we’re most proud of is the BOB Winners circle under the Community tab.  There you can read about the best people, places and businesses our area has to offer: The Best of Prince Albert for 2014.   Reporter Sarah Rolles spent the summer capturing the unique story behind many of this year’s winners.  And remember, we didn’t choose the winners, you did; some 8000 individual readers cast nearly 400,000 votes in this first ever community competition.   

                Finally, a thank you to our readers and advertisers.  Without 20-thousand readers daily we wouldn’t have advertisers and without advertisers we wouldn’t be able to honour our commitment to keep paNOW FREE to read.  Thanks for making paNOW Prince Albert’s go to online newspaper…online, on demand and always totally free, the way your newspaper should be!

P.S. Make sure you enter our draw to win a free iPhone 6 just for visiting.  We’re giving away two in October!

 

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