Publisher: Newspaper website goes to paid subscription service
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Community news is something readers have grown to expect from The Times. And, in our pages, you find only the best local news in the area. We work hard to provide good, solid journalism, opinions, school and sports coverage and more.
To date, this information has been easily accessible in both the newspaper and online. Beginning next week, The Times will be making significant changes in the way we deliver news digitally. We will be asking our readers to support quality journalism through online subscriptions.
Why the change? This is not a unique situation. Many newspapers from the New York Times to the Pendleton East Oregonian have been doing the same for some time. Newspapers across the country have been turning to digital memberships to continue providing you with the good quality journalism you have come to expect.
The past two decades have been rough on the newspaper industry. It has been turned upside down by dwindling ad revenues, an aging readership base, and the disruption created by social media and other digital technologies. Last year, our editorial board shared how the trade tariffs had raised the price of newsprint imported from Canada by 30 percent, creating yet another hardship for us and newspapers across the country.
Good journalism comes at a price. When you look at our digital editions, you can be assured that they are produced by qualified journalists. And those journalists (along with support teams) want to make a living wage. A "citizen journalist" with a smart phone is not the same.
Credible news coverage is important to everyone. So is the local focus that we provide every week by presenting news you simply can't find anywhere else. So we are asking our readers to help us stay strong in our mission to serve the community by subscribing to our websites.
On Monday, Jan. 28, changes will begin at www.tigardtimes.com and www.beavertonvalleytimes.com.
For existing subscribers, little will change. When you log on, you will be asked to provide some information about your existing account in order to activate your new online service. Information about your account can be found on the mailing label on the front page of this newspaper. If you have questions or encounter difficulty, please call our circulation department at 503-620-9797. They will be happy to help.
If you are not a subscriber, you still have the chance to read up to three stories each month at no charge. If you are a more frequent reader, you'll be asked to pay a modest subscription fee, starting as low as $1 for a day's worth of news. To make sure you get all of the digital news you want, you can take advantage of a digital-only subscription for the price of $28 per year (that's just 53 cents per week).
With your digital membership, you'll have full access to all areas of the website, our archives and our new digital edition of the newspaper. Some information — including classified advertising, death notices and breaking news that impacts the health and safety of our communities — will continue to be free.
We appreciate you bringing us into your homes, however you choose to do so. And we appreciate your support for good, solid journalism.
Christine Moore is publisher of The Times, the Washington County Times, the Sherwood Gazette and the King City Regal Courier.
You count on us to stay informed and we depend on you to fund our efforts. Quality local journalism takes time and money. Please support us to protect the future of community journalism.