Since the Fort Frances Times first began publishing on the web in 1995, the look and feel of the online edition has gone through four overhauls. Each improved the edition over the previous.
Last night, the Fort Frances Times launched its newest version.
For most people viewing the site, it will not appear much different than the previous one--the great changes are what happens behind the screens. Special software was developed in-house to make the site more friendly and interactive.
People look for online news as they travel or move from the community. With more than 80 percent of Canadians now having access to the Internet, the Times has continued to upgrade to meet the changing scene.
That constant changing and development also has contributed to the newspaper’s award-winning electronic edition.
This new site will be searchable for stories, obituaries, and births that have been published in the paper. One of the new features is that people can subscribe to the paper and have a brief outline of the stories delivered via e-mail daily.
When you look at www.fftimes.com today, you will notice there are more stories than before, and you can begin searching into back issues for information.
Over the next year, we will be adding back issues. Over time, we hope that all the editions of the newspaper will be available online and searchable. It is a huge undertaking that will take years to complete.
Every day we learn how local news affects people beyond our region. The recent fatal accident on Highway 502 at Crowrock had the family of the driver looking to the Times’ Web site for information.
The high water levels of Rainy Lake this year has summer visitors logging on each day for information on how high they’ve risen--and what they might expect when they arrive in the area for their summer vacations.
Fishermen continue every day to look at the 2000 Bass special edition for information about fishing on Rainy Lake.
Perhaps the best read part of the online edition are the obituaries and births. Updated daily, the obituaries is often the first read page of the Web site. And it attracts people from all over the world keeping track of family and friends.
People can now place classified ads in the paper 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Changes are now in the planning stages for our printed products. They, too, will take on a much more modern look.
It is the nature of our industry, one of constant change, and we look forward to it.