The Ohio Newspaper Association is in the final phase of launching an updated version of the Public Notices Ohio website and we need our members to register for the new site. We need all ONA members, including users of the current public notices website, to take this step.

To register, please go to http://www.ohionews.org/public-notices/member-registration.

The new site, which can be previewed at http://ohio.publicnoticeusa.org, will officially launch in January 2013. With a new interface and a clean, classic design, the website promises to bring even more traffic and attention to our members’ public notices. If you’re already uploading to the ONA’s current public notices website, you’ll find the website’s admin and upload process even easier to use than before. If you haven’t yet used the ONA’s Public Notices Ohio website, this will be a great time to start doing so.

There is no fee or cost for ONA members to post notices to Public Notices Ohio. There will also be new opportunities for members to monetize their digital notice listings and receive rebates if they help to promote the site and it becomes profitable. And the ONA will even be able to provide a feed of your local notices to your newspaper’s site, allowing you to package them under your brand and sell around this content.

The new Public Notices Ohio website is a vitally important tool for ensuring that Ohio public notices remain in newspapers. Digital access to information is becoming increasingly important, and Ohio newspapers must be the top dog in this fight. With this new website, it will be easier for the ONA and our members to argue against Ohio governments issuing their notices solely on government websites, where members of the public will rarely see them.

If you have any questions about the new website or the registration process, please contact the ONA’s Jason Sanford at jsanford@ohionews.org.

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