::Chronicle Reaches 250,000 Reader Mark
By Raleigh Chronicle Staff And Wire Reports
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
RALEIGH -- The Raleigh Chronicle announced this week that it will reach the 250,000 reader mark for its daily online website since it started publishing news in 2006.
"While we are not exactly a financial success, we are extremely happy that we've been well-received by Raleigh readers and others looking for local news," said Elliott West, speaking for the Raleigh Chronicle.
West said their efforts have been especially good in light of the fact that the newspaper did not spent any money on advertising in its first year.
"We get letters from people thanking us for our coverage and it is our privilege to serve the Raleigh market," he said. "We are the only locally owned daily newspaper that covers general news for Raleigh."
The Raleigh Chronicle started exactly one year ago, on May 29, 2006 and is the first "online only" commercially operated daily newspaper in North Carolina.
In February of this year, the Raleigh Chronicle became the first Internet-only newspaper to join the NC Press Association as an associate member. An editor from the Chronicle also spoke at the press association Winter Institute on how to use video on websites.
Although the paper only had 7,533 readers in its first full month of operation in June of 2006, the website is slated to receive over 29,238 viewers this month, a growth rate of over 400% in one year. The increase in readership is a consistent trend upwards in 2007 in terms of the number of readers each month.
The page view count, which is a much higher number, is many times that figure each month, says the paper.
"Although we have a small staff, we'll keep doing the best we can in coverage of the Raleigh area," said West. "We've been able to help readers stay informed of local news items they can't find elsewhere and that's always been our top priority." ::