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July 19, 2018

11/1/2017 9:39:00 AM
Bringing news as it happens
I work for a weekly newspaper, but in truth, we are much more than a weekly.
The Internet, Twitter, Facebook and Citizen Online Breaking News have changed everything. Local readers now have a source for news as it happens.
A recent example is Thursday's council vote to fire a key Windom department head (see story on page 1).
Thursday afternoon, folks were stunned to hear the news. By then, however, readers of breaking news at windomnews.com had known about it for hours.
Moreover, they possessed a few key details. The story hit our site at 10:19 a.m., roughly 30 minutes after the council's vote.
I could list dozens of stories we broke at windomnews.com, far ahead of the full, detailed, stories in our printed edition. A few examples include the Windom FFA team's national title, the BCA's arrests for child pornography, news of counterfeit $20 bills and more. Many of these stories also appear on the Citizen's Facebook site.
And here's a secret windomnews.com readers are discovering: We're getting better - a lot better.
Recently, we added, "appointment reading" with fresh stories appearing on the site at 5:30 a.m., 9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. So far, the feedback has been excellent!
Here's one more hint, follow us on Twitter at CoCoCitizen@citpub and you'll get alerts like this one, posted the other day: "Heavy winds pound region, more snow expected" with a link that takes you right to the story that was posted a few minutes earlier.
These are exciting times for online coverage and we're getting better each day.

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