Johnson City Press readers who have tablets can now access a specially designed online application for those devices.
Visit tablet.johnsoncitypress.com with Android or iPad tablet devices to be directed to the new Press tablet site. Beginning Tuesday, readers with tablets will simply have to visit johnsoncitypress.com on their devices to view the special version of the newspaper’s site.
The tablet site features all the news and photographs available via laptops or desktops at johnsoncitypress.com. Video will be available soon on the new tablet site, as well.
Visitors to the tablet site will be able to scroll through various local, national and regional news content on the left side of the screen, scroll through local headline news with pictures at the top center of the screen and access various Associated Press content at the bottom center of the screen. The video component will eventually be placed on the right side of the screen.
Bookmark the new site by tapping the option on the tablet interface to add the site as a bookmark. Then select the option to add the site as an icon to the home screen. This will put a “JCP” icon on the device that can be used as a shortcut to the tablet site.
Once on the site, readers can access current and forecast weather from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration by tapping the words “Weather Forecast,” a link located in the top right corner of the screen.
One unique feature to the tablet site is a navigation menu available by tapping on the Johnson City Press logo. This menu will allow users to easily and conveniently access any area of the site.
Another easy-to-use feature is the ability to see multiple photos taken by the Press staff at various assignments. Oftentimes, just one or two photos from a news event are used in print, but for tablet users, simply tapping a picture accompanying a story will prompt a slideshow to start that features many of the pictures taken at a particular news event.
“We wanted to offer readers a tablet version of our website,” said Alan Broyles, Press information technology director. “And the next thing we’re going to do is make this compatible for smartphones.”
The current smartphone version of johnsoncitypress.com is temporary. The next version will be very similar in design to the tablet site. Also in development are iPhone and Android apps for johnsoncitypress.com’s classified website mobileads.johnsoncitypress.com.
“We’re really putting a huge emphasis on mobile,” Broyles said. “In the past year we have seen a 319 percent increase in pageviews on our site via mobile devices and a 267 percent increase in unique visitors using mobile devices.”
Press Web Developer Leslie Woods said the newspaper was committed to utilizing the latest technology to provide news and information to the public.
“As technology changes we’re constantly doing our best to keep up with those trends and provide our readers with the ability to get news from the Johnson City Press on any device they choose, wherever they may be,” Woods said.
Press Publisher Art Powers said the newspaper was responding to reader demand by developing a tablet application.
“We are becoming a true multimedia company in the fact that not only do we have the printed product, as well as our presence on the Web, but a presence that is now growing as we add another site,” Powers said, referring to the tablet app. “Our readers have been asking for that and we’re pleased to now offer it.”
Press readers who do not have smartphones or tablets can still access the newspaper through desktop or laptop computers and, as always, through the print edition. Regular cell phones can also access Press content through a text-based site.