ALBANY, Ga. — When The Albany Herald first hit the streets in 1891, it was the best vehicle of the time for delivering news and advertising information to the public in Southwest Georgia.
Over the decades since, The Herald has reacted to changes in the way information has been delivered, finding better ways to get the news out. At one time the newspaper employed airplanes to drop bundles of papers at Southwest Georgia communities for more timely delivery. The publication time has shifted from afternoons to mornings. And numerous other changes have been made over the years to improve the product and its delivery.
And as the public demand for quicker access to information has risen exponentially with the advent of the Internet, The Herald has gone through changes in its website platforms, each designed to be an improvement over the delivery of the previous system. On Tuesday, the switch was turned on to a more powerful system that has a much cleaner look.
“For 120 years, we’ve been the ‘go to’ source for news and information in greater Albany,” Michael J. Gebhart, publisher of The Albany Herald and executive vice president of its parent company, Southern Community Newspapers Inc., said. “We’re proud to continue that tradition with our new website. It’s clean, easy to navigate, and offers our readers the best local source of information you expect from The Albany Herald.
“As we continue to grow our digital offerings, you’ll see more and more features on the site. You can expect to see the archiving expand as we add more stories from our wealth of available news and information.”
In fact, all seven newspapers owned by SCNI switched over to the new platform simultaneously on Tuesday, a technology that the company’s vice president for digital media, Robert Granfeldt, said “is quickly becoming the standard for newspaper websites around the country.”
Albanyherald.com now has the capabilities of more photos and video, along with many more opportunities for interactivity with its visitors.
“This system has a lot of horsepower and, like with any new system, there’s a learning curve,” said Jim Hendricks, editor of The Herald. “We’ve gotten a good deal of feedback from the community already.
“Anytime you do something different, a lot of folks — and I include myself in this many times — don’t immediately like the change. But as we get more comfortable getting the news out on this system, I believe our readers and visitors will get more comfortable as well.”