Two years ago, I started IndyNR.com with sub editor Michael Burlace assisting in this digital adventure.
IndyNR.com began after the Express Examiner and then the Richmond River Independent had folded.
I still miss the feel of a newspaper in my hands – but fortunately I don’t have to miss the news – local news from Richmond Valley, Kyogle and areas nearby.
IndyNR.com grew from the two of us anxiously assembling the website as fast as we could on launch day to an audience of 8000 in the first month.
And then from those few thousand readers the numbers grew to a height of 45,000 readers during the floods – digital news was and is the way to go.
The name IndyNR.com came from The Independent with NR added to cover Northern Rivers.
People wanted free local news and here it was in their hand on mobile, on their tablets on the couch while they watched television or on their desktop computer.
During last year’s floods, reader numbers grew to 45,000 a month. As well as keeping locals informed through hundreds of stories, there was a lot of outside interest in how the area was coping with the flood disaster.
Online news meant we could respond quickly to flood updates. Being focussed on local means that today we continue to advocate for flood recovery on a local level.
In my rounds of Richmond Valley and Kyogle events I hear people say “I saw it on the Indy” or have a look at the story on IndyNR.com
In its 25th month, IndyNR.com sits comfortably at 20,000–25,000 readers each month. The page views are high – between 60,000–70,000 each month. That’s a lot of reading. That’s a lot of news stories.
We have published almost 2500 stories so far. Stories about you and where you live.
We have sections for easy reading – Lifestyle with humour, recipes, quizzes; What’s On; Stories about the Arts, Environment and Farming; Sports, Funerals, Tributes and news about Kyogle Council and Richmond Valley Council.
Is there a section you’d like to see on the website? Let us know by emailing email@example.com
It is clear from the numbers that people want local news. Our aim is to make the news free and accessible to everyone.
We’d like to take a moment to thank each of them.
Bonalbo Australia Day Committee
Bonalbo Bowling Club
Bonalbo Dog Fest
Boolangle Land Council
Casino Beef Week
Casino Christian School
Casino Golf Club
Casino Lions Farmers Market
Casino RSM Club
Casino School of Arts
Casino Truck Show
Cassino Art Gallery
Central Vet Clinic
Commercial Hotel Casino
Corey Sullivan Excavations
Evans Head Bowling Club
Evans Head Business School
First National Casino
Geogen Pty Ltd
GHD Bentley Quarry
Kyogle Business Chamber
Kyogle Lions Club
Kyogle Writers Festival
Mallanganee Progress Association
McAuliffe Dance Studios
North East Waste
Northern Rivers Reconstruction Corporation
Politics in the Pub
Richmond Valley Council
Rotary Kyogle Bazaar
SEC Newgate Water NSW
Sommerville Funeral Home
Summerland Giant Pumpkin and Watermelon Festival
Village Hall Players
Watling & Bates
Westpac Rescue Helicopter
Plus, we had many election ads from candidates running in council, state and Federal elections.
If you know someone who hasn’t found IndyNR.com yet, let them know where to go to get their free, local news.
And here’s how you can advertise to support local, independent media and we can support you through the reach to our audience.