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Gazette offers All-Access subscription discount and contest through Oct. 31

Now through Oct. 31, 2012, is a great time to become a Gazette newspaper subscriber – we’re offering a great discount and a chance at terrific prizes.

For just 50 cents a day, or $3 a week, subscribers get convenient home delivery of the print edition plus full access to all of our digital offerings.

GazetteNET is now available on all devices, including mobile phones and tablets, and an electronic edition of the complete newspaper is also online. All of that is free to print subscribers as part of our Gazette All-Access program.

Everyone who subscribes by Oct. 31 will be entered into a drawing for:

  • A new IPad
  • Four tickets to all UMass hockey games
  • Four tickets to all UMass men’s basketball games

Later this month, online readers who are not print subscribers will be asked to register to read up to five local news articles each month at no charge or pay for unlimited access to online content. There will be a variety of pricing options for Digital Only subscribers.

To learn about our subscription offer and contest, call 413-586-1925. For contest details and rules go to http://www.gazettenet.com/rules.

About the new website

Built by Digital Technology International, the new GazetteNET represents a significant investment in the future of the company and reflects our belief in the importance and value of community journalism in print and online.

The new website includes a Live News headline feed from wire services and tweets from staff members and other sources of immediate news.

The new site allows for more photos to be posted, and better display of local photography.

The heart of the site remains our staff-produced local news, sports and feature content, which is the most complete and in-depth in the region.

A new online calendar allows for easy search of coming events by community and by subject. There is a daily opinion poll, an improved Talkback section for commenting, and easy access to special sections, such as Valley Almanac, Live Well, the Restaurant Guide and other features published throughout the year.

The expanded website also creates an exciting new marketplace for our advertisers.

The newspaper’s new content management system uses cloud computing technology. This makes it easier to manage, change and update our website and it also gives us the ability to publish the newspaper from other locations in case of power outages or other plant disruptions similar to what we experienced during the snowstorm last October.

Planning, installation, testing and training for the new system have taken more than a year.

We encourage feedback as we continue to make adjustments and improvements to the website. Let us know what you think and what you would like to see on GazetteNET. Email me at publisher@gazettenet.com.

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