NILES - The Tribune Chronicle is not only available in paper form and online but also as an app.
Charles Jarvis, publisher of the newspaper, made the announcement about the new Tribune app on Thursday at the Meet the Editors program at the Ralph Infante Wellness Center.
Attendees of the gathering learned of the day-to-day operations of the paper and also asked questions about who decides what editorials to write about, and coverage of Niles news and sporting events.
Jarvis said the Tribune's website is visited daily by about 17,000 readers.
''Many of our readers in Florida read us every day and use the online version to see obituaries. People on vacation anywhere in the world can keep up with the news of Warren through the website,'' he said.
Jarvis said while one will not find all the content from the printed paper on the website, there are eight to 10 main stories from each section along with obituaries, sports and society news.
Nick Erro, of Niles, left, and Tribune Chronicle Managing Editor Guy Coviello look through the Tribune’s sports page on Thursday. Photo by R. Michael Semple
Steve Garcar of Niles asked about who comes up with the ideas for stories and editorials.
Guy Coviello, managing editor, said the editors meet to discuss ideas for stories, get stories from reporters who cover different beats and also get calls and email from people in the community about ideas.
''We receive many news tips submitted by phone, email or the Tribune's Virtual Newsroom,'' he said.
Coviello said the editorial board also meets once a week to go over a list of topics proposed for editorials, which he then researches.
''We view the editorials as the start of discussion on an issue," Jarvis said. "We don't expect everyone to agree with us about everything we write but we encourage people to write letters or call us.''
Audrey John of the Niles Historical Society said she appreciates coverage the society receives but noted that many former Niles residents have moved to Howland and Cortland and would like to see the Niles historical stories be available for them to read as well in those areas.
''We take our community involvement seriously and cover the veterans, Make A Difference Day and the historical events,'' Jarvis said.
John also asked who decides what is included in the weekly Orchids & Onions feature.
Editor Frank Robinson said different topics are considered by the four-member editorial board.
Ken MacMillan of Niles said he appreciates the coverage the many nonprofit groups receive in the paper. Others at the meeting remarked on the favorable coverage of Niles sports, especially football.
Residents asked if the Tribune is a ''middle of the road'' in its political views.
Jarvis said he wouldn't say the paper has ever been referred to as ''middle of the road.'' He said that years ago newspapers had to declare if they were a Democrat, independent and Republican paper due to the legal ads being placed in their newspaper, but that has changed.
Coviello said the paper has endorsed candidates from different political parties over the years.
Upcoming Meet the Editor nights are: 6 p.m. Oct. 9 in Cortland, 6 p.m. Nov. 20 in Weathersfield and 6 p.m. Dec. 19 in Howland. The public is welcome to attend any of the events.
The evenings are being held as part of a yearlong series of events to mark 200 years of newspaper publishing in Warren.