Regular visitors to the Cook Islands News website will have noticed significant changes this week with the launch of our new online daily website.
This follows months of research and development to ensure the site is “state of the art” and ready to meet the needs of online subscribers.
As with all good websites the Cook Islands News online presence will be continually “tweaked” to bring more functionality and access to more information than can be provided in the hard copy version.
Publisher John Woods says the online offering is an extension of the role of the daily newspaper itself. He says the plan is to provide access to our searchable archives, which contain every story published since 2002, and important public documents in full.
“We are committed to the community we serve and to keeping people informed about what is happening around them,” Woods says.
Cook Islands News will be taking a giant leap forward in technology as it begins to produce digital versions of the newspaper that will be available on smartphones and tablets. In due course readers will have access to several digital platforms, experiencing a full Cook Islands news service that is lively, up–to-the-minute and supplemented with video footage. The online offerings will be a subscription service, with limited content available outside a pay wall.
In addition, there will be scope for readers to have their say through our parallel Facebook page, as well as an online version of our popular street poll.
Woods says the challenge for everyone in the industry worldwide is to constantly evolve the printed product as well as develop the digital services that satisfy and excite readers, which they are happy to pay for.
“We provide the best source of news from Rarotonga, backed by a solid reputation built up over many years, but it comes at a cost,” Woods says.
For this reason, there will be a subscription to pay for full access to the Cook Islands News online, after a one month trial period. Visitors will still be able to access up to 10 stories a month for no charge, but they will need to take out a subscription if they want to access more. By subscribing, readers will help Cook Islands News continue to develop new online features. asda worcester
“Newspapers and their digital offerings are an essential component in our society’s political debate. They are a means of scrutinising politicians – not to give them a bad name or ruin their image (only politicians can do that), but to monitor political powers and add value to the political process trough analysing and disseminating information.
“Newspapers are something readers agree with, get angry at or spark their interest. This is the best way to promote diversity, freedom of speech and democracy”.
The website is being updated six days a week with the latest news and images by Cook Islands News online editor Briar Douglas.
The site includes classified advertising –with a separate page soon to come for jobs wanted and situations vacant – reaching an existing online audience of at least 70,000 mostly overseas readers per month.