R-C to start charging for Web access
October 18, 2011
Starting Nov. 2, recordcourier.com will begin the process to charge for full access to the Web site.
All our readers will receive a free VIP pass to view the entire site for the first month.
Once the trial period expires on Nov. 30, online readers will have the option of viewing all of the award-winning Web site by purchasing an all-access pass. Those who sign up by Nov. 30 will be automatically entered into a drawing for an iPad.
Print subscribers will be able to add recordcourier.com to their subscriptions by paying an additional monthly fee.
Readers will be able to visit recordcourier.com and read the main story, breaking news, the morning report, and running commentary without paying.
They’ll also be able to browse the newspaper’s photo gallery, obituaries, classified ads and the Web calendar.
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An annual subscription to the Web site is $47.50. A three-month subscription is $11.85.
That’s the equivalent of 13 cents a day for access to news in and around Carson Valley.
Day passes will be available for occasional visitors to the site for $1.
The print publication’s prices will continue to remain the same at $52 a year or $46 a year for autopay.
Subscribers to the print edition will be asked for another $1.95 a month for access to the Web site.
The Record-Courier is following the path of Swift Communications newspapers, the Greeley, Colo., Tribune and the Roseburg, Ore., News-Review.
“We’ve been charging people for access to our news for longer than I’ve been alive,” said R-C Editor Kurt Hildebrand. “It’s only been the last 14 years that news has been available online anyway. I’ve had lots of folks tell me they used to subscribe, but now they read it for free online.”
For more information, or just to talk about the change, call Hildebrand at 782-5121, ext. 215.