The Gilroy Dispatch is facing the same challenges that local papers nationwide are taking on in this contemporary news landscape.
Readers want their news now, fast, in short doses and in digital form. To keep up with the current climate, The Dispatch announced major changes earlier this month in a letter to subscribers, including ditching the Tuesday edition of the paper, and charging $88 for an annual subscription to the online version.
We've pasted the text of the letter in full below and you can also view it in the photos section to the right.
Dear Valued Newspaper Subscriber,
As a long time subscriber to The Gilroy Dispatch, you have likely come to depend on us for delivering fair and accurate news that affects you and your famìly. In addition to keeping you up to date on what's happening in government, schools, sports and other important local topics, we provide information and promote shopping locally to keep our economy vibrant.
As you also know, The Dispatch has made many changes over the years to our print and digital products, adapting to rapid changes in the media industry. Some of these changes have been necessary due to economic issues, and others have been to adapt to the way consumers of news prefer to stay informed. While print readership still has a place in many people’s homes and hearts, the trend toward online and mobile news reading continues to grow. Our goal of continuing to be the preferred source of news that is important to you has not changed, however, the way we deliver that news continues to evolve.
Website, mobile phone, and tablet viewing is still growing in popularity with traffic and visitors to our sites increasing every month. In order to keep up with the demand for more frequent digital updates and more coverage of breaking news, we have made the tough decision to eliminate our Tuesday print edition at the end of November in favor of more focus on online. Our reporters and photographers will still cover the community better than anyone else — and we will remain the most reliable source of news and information in Gilroy.
Effective December 2012, online access will no longer be free of charge to non-subscribers. Non-subscribers will be able to access our website for an annual fee of $88. Print sucsribers will continue to have access to our sites at no additional charge. Our staff is proud to be a part
of a newspaper that has served the community for more than 100 years, and we take the job of bringing you news seriously. Our employees are members of your community with a vested interest in making Morgan Hill a better place to live and work.
As always, we welcome your feedback, questions and comments, and thank you again for your continued support.
Publisher and CEO
Mainstreet Media Group
What do you think of the impending changes at The Dispatch? Will you pay $88 to read their online news? Or will you stick to the free news sources? Tell us in the comments!