Reaching out beyond print
During recent years the Niagara Anglican (NA) has reached beyond the printed paper to share news and opinions with a wider audience.
The nearly 8,000 subscribers who receive both the NA and the Anglican Journal (AJ) are part of a network of over 120,000 subscribers connecting the Anglican Church of Canada from sea to sea to sea.
People around the globe can read the paper online at niagaraanglican.ca/newspaper
The electronic version, niagaraanglican.news, launched in 2017, received 5,078 views from 3,401 visitors in its first year. It appears that 2018 will surpass these numbers. Last year the visitors came mainly from search engines (20%). So far this year to May 28, Twitter (23%) leads the way, with search engines (21%) a close second and Facebook (12%) in third spot.
Readers can also sign up to receive their NA by email (see accompanying box). So far 140 have opted for this service. One item of content is published each day Monday through Saturday, around 6:00 p.m. to maximize viewing.
In addition, many individuals share our articles through Twitter and Facebook, which means we are reaching out to audiences outside the church community.
Our words — verbally, digitally and through print and social media — tell the stories of the WORD and what the WORD (Gospel of Jesus Christ) is doing to enhance the wellbeing of God’s people. We are using every communication avenue available.
Two new members have joined the Niagara Anglican Publication Board.
Janet Gadeski, from St. Christopher’s Burlington, recently retired as President of Hilborn, a print and online publisher of educational resources for the not-for-profit sector. Previously, she served as editor and publisher of the Hilborn newsletters, drawing on 25 years of experience as fundraiser, manager and executive director of local and national charities.
Sarah Whitaker, a member of St. David’s Welland, has a background in journalism, including being editor of the Voice of Pelham. Currently she serves as administrative assistant at Robert Land Academy, a private, military-themed boarding school for boys who are struggling academically or behaviorally, or who need a structured learning environment.
After being a board member for several years, Richard Bradley from St. Aidan’s Oakville becomes chair of the Niagara Anglican Publication Board