Calendar offers more online interaction
In this digital age where the Internet is quickly replacing community bulletins and, though we hate to say it, print newspapers, as the public’s first source of information, here at the Merritt Herald we are working hard to make sure you have all the information you need at your fingertips.
A few months ago we introduced a Facebook commenting system on our website to facilitate more interaction and improved dialogue with our readers, and now we’ve added a new feature to help you keep on top of what’s happening in the community.
This week, the Merritt Herald introduced a new calendar on our website — www.merrittherald.com.
The new calendar requires no login or password, and the form to submit an item is easy to use. You can also designate where you wish the calendar item to appear within the our family of newspaper websites including Kamloops This Week and the Prince George Free Press.
The new calendar also allows you to spread the word about your event on Facebook and Twitter. You can even sign up to receive email reminders about events you’re interested in attending.
Using the calendar is free, of course. There’s even a spot for an image, say a rehearsal photo from a high school play that you want to invite the community to.
Someone here in the Merritt Herald newsroom will check each item before it posts just to make sure it complies with our simple guidelines, which lead off the submission form. Basically, please don’t post a business-oriented event.
Our online calendar is a great way to create buzz about your organization or your event. However, since we know many of our readers still like to rely on our print publication — and we’re grateful for that! — this calendar won’t be replacing our “What’s Happening” page within the paper. Continue to email us information about the events you would like us to include in that section of the paper.
There are always so many things happening in our community. We hope this new calendar will help everyone keep track of all the events and encourage participation.