Gloucester Daily Times Online Going To Subscription Model

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I’ve said it countless times in the podcast and in these pages- local newspapers are vital.  Citizens need good journalists who will keep them informed of decisions by politicians.  I’m not saying that local politicians are bad, what I’m saying is that the newspaper is a source where you can get the facts about an issue that otherwise you’d have no clue about and where their representatives stand on these issues.

Those journalists and photographers believe me don’t necessarily love to write about tax classification issues and go to long boring meetings to report on things, that’s why they need to be paid and why folks need to support them by subscribing.

We here at GMG do not cover real unbiased news the way that journalists do.  We cover the fluff and the fun and bring you a ton of great stuff but we are not journalists.  We do it for the love of it.

Local newspapers are essential.  As fashionable as it is for some people to bash The GDT, I for one completely appreciate the work they do to bring us real news even in the face of financial hard times and cutbacks and layoffs within their industry.

I suspect all those who love to bash it would be the same ones really missing it if it is gone because it isn’t financially viable to give their content away for free.

2 comments

  • Yeah, but $15 bucks a month? More than the NYT? A few pennies less than the WSJ with 2K reporters in 51 countries? How high were they when they came up with that pricing model? (Spoiler: very, very high).

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  • I agree that local journalism is important. The paywall system they have setup has problems, however. It seems to be based on unique page views. After loading the front page and then trying to read one article, it timed out because the article had been broken up into 4 pages. That is a little too restrictive, how are you going to attract readers if they can’t even sample one article?

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