MONTREAL, Nov. 1, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - On October 25, The Gazette unveiled two websites: the re-launch of WestIslandGazette.com and the brand new OffIslandGazette.com. Through an attention-grabbing outdoor promotional event, the daily newspaper reaffirmed its wish to serve the growing West Island and Off Island communities by offering the best in local news delivered by a team of seasoned journalists. A video showcasing the creativity that went into launching the new platforms in their target communities is now available at http://westislandgazette.com and http://offislandgazette.com
The two sites illustrate The Gazette's commitment to providing readers with local news that matter to them specifically. In recent years, land occupancy rates in West Island municipalities and Vaudreuil-Hudson area communities jumped from 5 % to 28 %1. Occupancy in the Vaudreuil-Soulanges area alone rose 15.7% between 2006 and 2001. The Gazette has been covering these Greater Montreal communities for years, but the newspaper felt it was time to specialize further and provide each of these areas with a product reflecting their own distinct identities. The two Internet sites provide West Island and OffIsland readers with the highly localized news they seek.
"I started my career covering the West Island in the mid-seventies with the Montreal Star. At The Gazette, we've been covering the West Island and Off Island communities for years, but it was time for an expansion and separate identity. We want to cover relevant stories for these two communities, but more importantly provide a central point where they can exchange information and ideas," said Alan Allnutt, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of The Gazette.
A recipient of numerous journalism awards, the daily newspaper The Gazette is determined to live up to the many honours it has proudly earned while rolling out a host of new avant-garde strategies to stay at the forefront of the fast-changing newspaper industry.
About The Gazette
Founded in 1778, The Gazette is one of the oldest newspapers in North America and the dominant medium for reaching Montreal's large English market. More than 545,900 Montrealers read its print and online editions every week. A recipient of numerous awards including the 2009 Michener Award for excellence in Canadian journalism, as well as two National Newspaper Awards for stories published in 2010, The Gazette offers its readers award-winning editorial content along with in-depth local, provincial, national and international news, business, sports, lifestyle and entertainment coverage. With hundreds of thousands of unique visitors monthly, The Gazette also has an important online presence with its main website, montrealgazette.com, as well as a variety of digital products, such as hockeyinsideout.com and urbanexpressions.ca. The Gazette is a division of Postmedia Network Inc., the largest publisher by circulation of paid English-language daily newspapers in Canada, representing some of the country's oldest and best-known media brands.
1 The Gazette : http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Building+West+Island/7445718/story.html
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Image with caption: "Through a stunt, The Gazette reaffirmed its wish to serve the growing West Island and Off Island communities by offering the best in local news delivered by a team of seasoned journalists. (CNW Group/The Gazette)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121101_C4056_PHOTO_EN_19994.jpg
SOURCE: The Gazette
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