Rachael's keeping up to date and helping create community
THE Northern Star is not simply part of our readers' lives - they're part of ours, an idea nicely illustrated by Ballina's Rachael Ingram.
Ms Ingram is a regular reader of the Star online, but also a regular contributor to the paper most notably through our Photo of the Day project.
Ms Ingram said the thing she liked about reading the Star through the website was its convenience.
"I like it because if I can't get out to the shops I still get to see local news," Ms Ingram said. "I view it from my Samsung Galaxy phone most days.
"I like The Northern Star online news as we get to share our view and have an opinion."
Ms Ingram said she valued the local news available on the Star's website.
"The TV is for worldwide news, but right at home I can see what's going on locally that might be important to me," she said.
Ms Ingram said she followed the local news daily through the Star's Facebook page, checking in through the homepage a couple of times a week.
She enjoyed being kept up to date on a broad range of local news issues through the website - everything from the plans for increased paid parking around Lismore Base Hospital to recent shark sightings at her local beaches.
However, she equally enjoyed reading our human interest stories.
Ms Ingram is one of many Northern Rivers residents who contribute to the website through Photo of the Day through our Facebook page.
There are plenty of other ways readers can join the life of our website too, through commenting on stories both on Facebook and directly on the website, through our Your Story function, or by promoting events through our things to do page.