NOT SURE THIS IS WISE BRIAN. THE PADUCAH SUN CHARGES FOR READING THE FULL PAPER ON THE INTERNET....$57 PE YEAR.
When the little people at the Sentinel start charging for reading the Sentinel online it will be time to start a boycott. I know Jack Lail reads Brian's Blog maybe he will comment if charging for online reading is something they will consider.I don't know how the Sentinel could get away with charging for online reading anyway. They should gove us all the newspaper for free after all they got a $50 million dollar Pilot (Payment in lieu of taxes) from the taxpayers.
I think it is a great idea! We should never fear the local media, especially when they are as biased as they are, keeping most news about Ragsdale suppressed. The KNS has some troubles heading their way from the PILOT that was given to their new building, and the commission will have to consider what to do about that. But if commissioners like Lambert still fear the KNS, then I guess nothing will be done to another entity that owes us money, just like NRR (although that one seems to be coming back to haunt).
We should get something for our tax give away. If the KNS gets any worse on local news they will have to pay me to read it anyway. Honestly, I don't think Knoxville would miss them, If they up and left.Mike
Brian:We did charge for our UT content on govolsxtra and now we don't. Based on everything we've read and our own experience, we don't think paid content online is a growth business model for nearly any news site. Given a choice between a free Web site and a paid Web site, the free one seems to win the audience. It didn't take a rocket surgeon to figure that one out, either!The paid subscription model appears to work for the Wall Street Journal and few others, and even the WSJ is making more of its content available for free.I'm certainly glad to see you linking to knoxnews, but I would hope people would subscribe to the paper for home delivery, and check knoxnews early and often. While the content overlaps to a degree, much of the content and the tone differ. Also, the print and online mediums are experienced in different ways. Reading "the Sunday Web site" just doesn't have the same feel as "reading the Sunday paper."I'm glad I was able to answer you question. Take care.
The question is not whether you should read the Sentinel on the Internet but whether you should read the Sentinel at all.This week the Sentinel covered up a Sunshine Law violation. The same paper that sues when there is a Sunshine Law violation doesn't report when one occurs from a 5th District Commissioner. The double standard is ridiculous.However, you can watch the whole thing on YouTube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvYAc2Uf0Hshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-94285A3T0
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