The site has more content which is easily accessible, especially on the home page.
Most notably, readers can find stories which have appeared in the print edition of the MBJ.
“We’re excited about the new site,” Ed Darling, editor and publisher of the paper, said. “It enables us to become more involved in the information sharing business, to provide a modern method of presenting the news and to encourage an interactive relationship between our staff and our readers.
“We believe it is the start of a new era for us. It reflects the dedication of a talented team that has worked hard to create a product that is informative, enlightening and useful. And it becomes an even more valuable tool in our plans to better serve the business community of Mississippi.”
The site continues to give readers the Mississippi headlines of the day. It also enables readers to get Mississippi specific stock reports, vote on issues relevant to all Mississippians, read the news of the day as well as look at the special focus topics that the Mississippi Business Journal has become known for.
It is not by accident subscribers are the focus of the new site. While the vast majority of the MBJ site daily news remains free to anyone visiting the site, original content is for MBJ subscribers only.
“We believe this shows our commitment to the people who have subscribed to our newspaper for years,” said MBJ Managing Editor Ross Reily. ” Also, this is a model we believe many Web sites will be going to in the coming years.”
All current subscribers are encouraged register on the site by clicking on the button “Already a Subscriber”.
You will be transported to another page which will allow you to register for complete online access to the Mississippi Business Journal, where you will be asked for your account number and zip code.
If you are not a subscriber, there is an easy click-through feature allowing you to become a subscriber in just a couple of minutes.
Some other highlights of the new site are
• A way to highlight specific stories with option to add photo or logo on the home page and inside story pages.
• Way to look at past cartoons, incorporation lists, classified pages, internet directory, columns, letters to the editor, etc.
• Easier to access various types of stories, blogs, ads, Newsmaker section, top news stories, editorial calendar, digital checklists, etc.
• Ability to subscribe to the MBJ online which in return gives access to stories online and print edition mailed out.
• Ability to purchase copies of past issues and publication online.
• Ability to access the present week’s Focus stories and the previous week’s stories from our home page (if you are a paid subscriber).
• Ability to add links to any page as well as ad photos, nomination forms, etc for others to view, print out and send back in.
• Eventually have the ability to send E-blasts to specific groups of people. For upcoming events, advertising, upcoming stories, whatever.