By now the word is out that The Press newspapers are going to a subscription model – meaning readers are being asked to pay for content whether it be online or in print. It’s a change and a sign of the times when a 24/7 news cycle is creating an onslaught of free options and publishers are scrambling to balance it with the cost of doing business.
But subscription models are nothing new. After all, subscribing to a local newspaper is a tried and true format – it’s just that when you have had something for free, it bristles when you are suddenly asked to pay for it. Even if it is less than $2 a month. However, community newspapers across the country must adapt to a changing environment in order to maintain their commitment to providing hyper-local breaking news, high school and league sporting events and features on your neighbors, businesses and schools. This requires skilled, proven writers and talented support staff. And those resources come at a cost. The Press is no different.
We understand that readers have options in today’s fast-paced world of immediate access to the world. News is just a click away on thousands of websites, but community journalism isn’t about grabbing national news off CNN or Fox websites, because you surely won’t find it there.
It’s about the high school BVAL championships, the Brentwood Christmas Parade, Oakley’s growth and new businesses and Discovery Bay’s events and community issues related to the protection of the Delta. The Press is about school news, breaking news germane to your neighborhood and neighbors. It’s about supporting your communities and understanding your local government. It’s about your news, your people and your lives, and The Press is the only publication covering all East County city council and governmental meetings regularly and accurately. We still believe in timely, well-written local stories, and we hope you do too.
There are a number of options to subscribe: print-only, digital-only or both print and digital subscription. Look for our ‘faithful subscriber’ ad campaign in the newspaper for subscription information or go to our website, www.thepress.net, and click on the Subscribe button located at the top of the homepage. You will find all the subscription options available to choose from there, but if you would rather talk to someone, please call our office at 925-634-1441 and ask for the publisher, Greg Robinson.
Local news is not a commodity open to every blogger or individual with a website. It’s a professional business, and it is our goal to continue to give you that news the way you have come to know and expect, with the quality you deserve.