- The correct title of this article is pnj.com. The initial letter is shown capitalized due to technical restrictions.
The News Journal first established an Internet presence in 1996 with gulfcoastgateway.com, a portal-style website that did not fully duplicate the printed paper's stories. The domain pensacolanewsjournal.com was registered in 1997, becoming the primary URL, and most of the printed paper's content was made available at no cost.
In 2006, the newspaper acquired the coveted three-letter domain "pnj.com" from a Japanese metal trade press group that had previously held it. News Journal employee Anthony Cornealius, who spoke Japanese, helped initiate communication with the company and broker the sale, and the new domain went live on November 5. Since that time, the website URL and logo have gained increasing prominence in the newspaper's promotional materials, including a first place location on the general logo and a new sign on its Romana Street headquarters.
The News Journal encourages user contribution through a story commenting system, community forums, and a featured called "GetPublished" that allows registered members to submit news items, events and photos.
For many years, the News Journal's website used the phpBB software for user registration, comments and forums. When the site relaunched on March 17, 2008, it had replaced the phpBB system Pluck's "SiteLife" software. A number of users who preferred the previous forum system migrated to a new site, gulfcoastgab.com.
- pnj.com expired on 05/08/2007 and is pending renewal or deletion.
The domain was likely not set to auto-renew.
The paper published an apology in the May 15 edition, and pnj.com was again directing to the News Journal website later that day.
- "Visit pnj.com -- Your fingers will thank you." Pensacola News Journal, November 5, 2006.
- Statement by Bergosh regarding Godzilla
- "Newspapers should report, not exploit." The Voyager, October 11, 2007.
- Comments and Anonymity, October 9, 2007.