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Outside in the cold distance a wildcat did growl; two riders were approaching and the wind began to howl.
JAN. 13, 2011: The new year is bringing attention to a number of new features that we have recently developed for the Watertown Daily Times and its website.
Our business community has already been enjoying one of our newest features, NNY Business, a monthly business magazine being edited by Ken Eysaman. While area business information has always been available in the Watertown Daily Times, we are now packaging it in a more interesting and easy-to-find fashion. Also, Ken is adding a lot of great new features, including “20 Questions” with community leaders.
Times subscribers can get the magazine for $25 for two years. Others can subscribe for $25 for a year and $45 for two years. Call 800-724-1012 if you want to keep up with all the news about business and industry in the north country.
Last month our website added a library of wind development stories and we have just uploaded a section on housing.
As these pages show, the Times for years has been helping readers understand the impact of these two key issues. By compiling all of our work and then adding stories as we go along, these pages should help you keep track of how the region is being affected by these issues.
Oh, and we again have been featured as one of the top small newspapers in the country. A few years ago we were the cover feature story in the trade magazine Editor & Publisher. Now we are the most recent newspaper to be featured on Who Needs Newspapers?, which is examining the state of print media in the U.S.
The interview with General Manager John B. Johnson is particularly instructive as to where the Times is headed. He is the fourth generation Johnson to be a steward of journalism in the north country, and I think you'll see why so many Northern New York community leaders continue to support the newspaper.
During the coming year I'll give you updates about the installation of our new content management system. Internally it will allow us to better corral our news, photos and videos. Externally, it will provide you quicker breaking news updates, an e-edition of the newspaper, and an app that will allow you to get the Times on smart phones, etc. A bunch of other bells and whistles are included.
Take a look at all the features we are adding and send me your thoughts at bgorman@wdt.net">bgorman@wdt.net.

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