Open up the app store on your smartphone — it’s time to download the newly launched Montclair Local app.
We quietly soft-launched the app at the start of April, alongside our newly redesigned website at MontclairLocal.news. We’ve been testing it for the last few weeks, and we’re happy to report it’s working wonderfully — making it easier for our early adopters to find news about Montclair at any time.
Search “Montclair Local” in the app store on your Apple or Android phone or tablet. It should come up right at the top. You can also click through the links on our website — at MontclairLocal.news/app — to be taken right to the store pages. The app is, and will always be, free.
Like our new site, the app has a cleaner, more modern appearance than the old MontclairLocal.news, with faster load times and new navigation that makes it easier to find your way around. The "infinite scroll" feature helps you find more articles that might pique your interest.
But there are lots of app-specific features, too. With your permission, we’ll send you phone alerts about breaking news in Montclair throughout the week (but you can turn them off at any time, or snooze them overnight or on weekends if you’d like). You’ll be able to save articles for reading later — even when you’re offline. See something interesting out in the community? You can share photos and videos with our team with a few clicks. Get weather updates, and set them either to show you what it’s like in Montclair, or at your current location. Browse the latest episodes of the Our Montclair podcast and video series, and listen to the podcast edition in the background.
Also this week, on both the Montclair Local app and MontclairLocal.news, we’re introducing a new community events calendar to make it easier to find out what’s going on in town.
Soon, we might even introduce some special contests or games just for app users (think Montclair trivia, scavenger hunts around town and augmented reality experiences). The platform we’re using gives us lots of great options and tools to serve the Montclair Community more completely. We encourage businesses and community groups who’d like to partner with us for activities of those sorts to reach out — you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Montclair Local is launching its new app and site in collaboration with Townsquare Media, one of the nation's largest digital media and radio companies (as well as my former employer).
As I mentioned in a similar piece when we introduced the site earlier just a few weeks ago, the arrangement is an important step on our journey toward sustainability. Townsquare is providing us with free hosting and support, and access to all of the features it’s developing for its own in-house sites and apps. We’ll be sharing revenue from a curated selection of programmatic ads on both platforms. For the first time, we expect our website (and now our app as well) to consistently make Montclair Local Nonprofit News more money than it costs to operate, while giving our team more sophisticated ways to serve you.
Montclair Local is a 501c(3) nonprofit — one that aims to prove community-supported local news can thrive even as so many commercial operations cut back or close down entirely. Your membership dollars make growth like the launch of our new app and site possible. As always, your membership of $10 a month or more gets you our print edition, and helps meet basic costs for our journalism and for delivering our work in print and online. If you’re not yet a member, or you’d consider an additional gift, see MontclairLocal.news/donations to make a contribution.
With our new app and site, and a new advertising revenue stream, we can take your contribution further — applying more of your dollars to our journalism and less to the tools we use to deliver it, while still giving you what we hope is a better, more user-friendly, easier-to-access experience.
If you like what you see on our new app, or have suggestions about how to make it better, message me at email@example.com — or, just hit one of the links to message us through the app itself.
— Louis C. Hochman, editor in chief