One of Derry’s most famous sons, internationally acclaimed song writer Phil Coulter stopped off at the Derry Journal stand at the city’s Foyleside centre today to purchase his copy of the newly revamped paper which was on promotion.
Phil was in town to support son Ryan who will be in nets for Athlone Town against Derry City FC at the Brandywell tonight and who coincidentally features on the back page of today’s edition of the Journal.
Today, Friday, September 26, 2014 marked another milestone in the 240 year history of the Derry Journal.
Providing the city and beyond with its news since 1772, the Journal has witnessed and reflected many changes throughout the centuries-socially, economically and politically.
Throughout those centuries the Journal has been at the forefront of harnessing the latest developments in technology to deliver news to its readership in the fastest way possible.
The change in news delivery will have escaped nobody’s attention in recent times. The digital provision of news demands that it is up to the minute not just in a global sense, but everywhere. And, in keeping with old traditions, the Derry Journal has met with that demand via its website www.derryjournal.com which last month attracted 800,000 readers.
The way people can contact us has also changed via not just the use of email but particularly through social media. Through our facebook site which has 17,000 followers and our twitter site which has 16,000 followers our readership can tell us what is going on instantly.
In exchange, we can direct you to the latest developments in the city. More than that, the use of these digital tools allows our readers to engage with us like never before and tell us what they think-something which we value very much.
This however does not mean the Journal has forgotten about its thrice weekly print editions. In fact, as you will have noticed this morning, the Journal has undergone a revamp in its layout, giving you the reader greater emphasis on news, sports, features and pictures.
Today we present a paper much more focused on community and people and from now on will have pages solely dedicated to those topics which you, the reader can have a direct effect on what they contain.