When word first hit the Twitterverse that the Post and Courier would begin charging for web content on Tues. May 1, the Twits quickly let it be known that they weren't happy. Some said the whole thing simply stinks. Others said the move was a death sentence. And then there was the guy would said that the City Paper would soon overtake the P&C in the battle for more web hits. (Thanks dude. We appreciate the vote of confidence, but we've got an editorial staff of six and the Post and Courier has like, well, a helluva lot more than that.)
Not surprisingly Andy Paras, the P&C's Twitter star, weighed on the matter, defending his the paper's decision. You can read Andy's tweets below.
Following the announcement, we reached out to the man at the top of the Post and Courier editorial food chain, Editor and Publisher Bill Hawkins. According to Hawkins, viewers will be limited to five free story views in a 30-day period, but if they want to see more, they'll need to shell out $10 a month or $99 a year.
"It is not a pay wall, which would shut off all access to non-paying subscribers, but a metered model tied to our new Advantage Membership program," Hawkins says. "Those who don't subscribe will have access to our home and sections fronts on postandcourier.com, as well as obituaries and classifieds."
The editor adds that all paying subscribers, both print and online, would have access to the P&C's iPad app and other services. For more about the company's Advantage Membership program, click here.
Starting May 1, the price of subscriptions will go up, as well. A monthly subscription will move up from $17.50 to $20, while the four-day weekend rate will be $18. Subscribers will also be able to buy Sunday-only subscriptions to the paper, a new option, at $16.40 a month.
As for why the P&C decided to change their web policy, Hawkins says, "There is no future in giving away our valued journalism for free."
We'd beg to differ.
That said, we wish them the best and look forward to continue reading the P&C.