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Quebec Papers Officially Launch Cyberpresse.ca

[Montreal, CANADA] Today, Quebec dailies La Presse (Montreal), Le Nouvelliste (Trois-Rivieres), La Tribune (Sherbrooke) et La Voix de l'Est (Granby) officially rolled out cyberpresse.ca. The current news site also includes content from USA Today.

Staffed by 300 journalists, columnists, and contributors to the four principal dailies, along with a team of 25 new media specialists, the site will be maintained 24/7.

"Our organization is putting the entire weight of its columnists, journalists and contributors, which means its content and credibility, behind cyberpresse.ca," said Guy Crevier, president and editor of La Presse.

Alain Rouleau, vice president for new media, said that cyberpresse.ca is much more than a duplication of the newspapers. "It is a media unto itself, with its own content that remains faithful to late-breaking news."

Nevertheless, there is interaction between the printed dailies and the Web site. In fact, since most readers have access to the Internet, articles in the dailies will contain increasing references to the Web.

Readers will therefore now be finding complementary information online, allowing them to better appreciate the current events and trends by putting them into context. The supplementary content, for example, may take the shape of chronologies and graphs.

The site also provides enriched documentary files on a variety of subjects, from doping in sports to RRSPs. The classifieds is also present.

The site will also have a public forum, an area where citizens can express themselves in moderated discussion groups and through virtual conversations (chats).