According to my local newspaper, COVID-19 articles are supposed to be totally free. As I don’t have a paid subscription, they limit me to how many free regular views I get per month. The way they talk anything COVID-19 related is supposed to be free and not count towards that limit. My response is that’s not true. There have been several articles that were COVID-19 related where I couldn’t see them because I got the dreaded you need to subscribe to see the article. I don’t know if the newspaper didn’t tag or categorize the article as COVID-19 related. Or, if it’s because the article is in a specific local section of the newspaper that doesn’t qualify for free access. This particular newspaper is now owned by a major newspaper chain that also owns my home county newspaper.
In this case, I was able to type into my least favorite search engine and find a local TV station that doesn’t charge for news access. It covered the same topic and I didn’t have to pay for it.
It doesn’t help that the local newspaper is no longer printed locally and the amount of local coverage is only a fraction of the newspaper‘s content. Same goes for my home county newspaper. Plus, the newspapers tend to be at least a day behind current events. Both newspapers do breaking news stories as they develop and I receive e-mails of those stories timely. Again, the stories tend to require a paid subscription to see.
The interesting thing is it’s cheaper to do a combination print copy and e-edition than it is to do an e-edition only. Granted, for my home county, the cost of shipping the paper to me would outweigh the cost of simply going with local delivery. However, the cost of driving 950+ miles one way to pick up local delivery would exceed any savings from local delivery by a substantial amount. For the local newspaper, delivery would be a good option if I wanted a print copy.
Another downside is for e-editions, both newspapers don’t keep the copies online very long. I think they keep them online for 2 weeks last time I checked.