In September 2015 the Star launched its Toronto Star Touch tablet app, which gave a readers an easy way to enjoy reading the news and viewing interactive content. On Friday, the app celebrated its one year anniversary.
In a blog post, editor Michael Cooke said:
“It’s been a glorious year for Star journalism on this exciting new platform. We’ve learned so much more about different ways to tell stories. And from what we hear, our readers are enjoying the ride too.”
In a statement Robin Honderich, a senior product manager for the app, said:
“What Star Touch provides is a richer, more in-depth way to tell stories. It’s a complete experience that gives the reader choice in how they take in a story.”
Over the past year, the app has been downloaded more than 250,000 times and the average time spent within the app has increased from 10 minutes to 30 minutes. Just a few months ago, the app took top prize at the National Newspaper Awards, where it won project of the year for its entry titled “Gone.”
Toronto Star Touch is available as a free download from the App Store. The app requires any device running iOS 8.1 or later and is only compatible with iPad.