Re: so are you going to pay for online news journal access
Iím back. Iíve been indisposedóaka, hospitalized. But, since Iím still in remission, my wifeís plans for the insurance money will simply have to remain on hold.
I see that Iíve missed a ton of postings that will take me a few days or so of reading in order to get caught up. But, right off the bat, two items grabbed my attention: the rumor that The News Journal will start charging for its online edition and that the U. S. Supreme Court is about to weigh in relative to the Stolen Valor Act of 2005.
I have a different take on the Stolen Valor Act and Iíll post something on it tomorrow or over the weekend. But, relative to TNJ, there seems to be much confusion and perhaps a bit of clarification is needed.
The News Journal has no plans for charging for its FREE online edition at www.delawareonline.com. I have a few reliable contacts over there and I've not heard of any such plans. They do offer, however, a paid online edition which is superioróWAY superioróin quality to the free one.
Back in late December of 2011 or early January 2012, TNJ announced an increase in its subscription rates effective February 1, 2012. They also announced that, as of that date, all of the paperís hardcopy subscribers (dailyÖ Monday through Saturday as well as its Sunday edition) would begin receiving its PAID online edition free of charge.
Iím a hardcopy subscriber, including the Sunday edition. So, I receive the paid online edition as part of the deal. In fact, the only reason I subscribe to the hardcopy edition is for my wifeís sake.
Her idea of ďhi-techĒ is using an obsolete, feature-oriented cell phone with a single ringtone: one that sounds like a telephone ringing. Comedy is watching her look up a telephone number in her paper address book so she can manually dial it on her cell phone.
I have 4-phones on my account: two full-featured 4G smartphones with unlimited data access, an olderóabout to be upgradedó3G smartphone, and my wifeís antique.
I truly dread the day her phone dies; they donít make that kind of phone anymore; and putting a smartphone in her hands will be like using nuclear weapons for crowd control.
Anyway, TNJ will continue to offer a FREE online version. There is no real downside to doing so. It costs them, relatively speaking, nothing to put it on line because itís a substantially watered down version of the paid edition ported over to Delawareonline.com and paid for by online advertising, none of which comes with the paid online addition.
And, finally, to the self-anointed editorial critics who seem to think TNJ is in the throes of its final gasps of publishing oxygen, let me fill you in on some facts.
Gannett, TNJís holding company, just invested a boatload of financial capital into the newspaper. In terms of ROI (return on investment), TNJ is in the top 10% of its holdings. Its hardcopy subscription tally dwarfs all of its instate competitors COMBINED.
Its list of paid regional subscribers just about equals its instate/out-of-state hardcopy subscriber tally. The newspaper isnít going down the tubes. A sizeable number of people read it, both inside and outside of Delaware.
I subscribe to 6 additional newspapers (paid online subscriptions) evenly split between right-leaners and left-leaners. TNJ easily holds its own with all of them.
It's everyone's personal choice as to what constitutes Right wing crap and Left wing crap. But, the fact remains that crap is crap, regardless of its color.
Iíve always preferred to read both sides of an issue because the truth of the matter is usually found somewhere between the Left and Right extremes; and, its most likely location is usually just a tad Right of center.
Even if the pessimists are right, in the end, the optimists will have had a much more enjoyable trip through life.