NewsRegister.com becomes subscription-based website
NewsRegister.com, the online platform for McMinnville's community newspaper, became a subscription-based website Wednesday.
Publisher Jeb Bladine made the announcement Friday, Dec. 7. Comments from readers and the publisher's updates have been posted on this article for nearly a week.
The website, which has served McMinnville and the Yamhill Valley since 1996, joins a growing legion of news sites across the country that now require subscriptions to access the bulk of its content.
"This is a decision we did not reach lightly. We've debated the pros and cons of this move for years," Bladine said in making the announcement. "But the time has come. We can't expect our print subscribers to pay for the newspaper and then give our work away for free to everyone else."
Existing newspaper subscribers can visit the website and request login information. Online access is included in each print subscription.
Non-subscribers will have the opportunity to sign up for a special $10 two-month newspaper/online subscription offer. More information on both options is available here - www.newsregister.com/subscribe-online
With the change, NewsRegister.com also launched Open Source, a community news blog located on the home page. The blog will combine reporting from the paper's news staff, submitted news and photos from readers (replacing the current ValleyEye submission page) and various social media parts.
Bladine said readers can expect timely coverage of local news with concise reporting online and more in-depth information in the following print edition. He emphasized that readers should not consider the website and the newspaper to be duplications. "We're now reporting local news in two distinctly different ways," he said. "An informed Yamhill Valley resident should be reading both the website and the newspaper."
The NewsRegister.com website will continue to serve both subscribers and non-subscribers. Some local information will be made available to everyone. That's especially true for urgent news stories involving public safety issues. "We will continue to be the go-to source for public safety and the urgent information the public need to know," Bladine said.
Other content available to everyone includes the online community calendar, local weather forecasts, special sections, quick access to links for other community websites, the HomeFinder real estate listings, legal notices, access to the Yamhill County jail roster, classified advertising and content generated by Open Source.
Paid content includes local news and sports reporting, news videos, the News-Register digital news archive and the electronic edition of the printed newspaper twice a week.