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Mysoutex.com paywall goes into place
by Beeville
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Aug 29, 2013 | 1285 views | 8 8 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
As have many community newspaper websites across the nation,  www.mySouTex.com installed a paywall on Wednesday, Aug. 28.

Much of the site’s content will remain accessible to all outside the paywall – including videos, classified ads, banner ads, blogs, contests, section pages and more.

Subscribers and nonsubscribers alike will be able to browse the section pages such as sports or obituary pages for each of our communities and read the headlines and at least the first paragraph of the stories. It is only when wanting to read the whole story that readers will either have to login or subscribe for a day, three months or for a year.

We believe www.mySouTex.com provides unique coverage of the people in a six-county region of South Texas that otherwise receive little to no coverage.

At the end of the day, our reporters want to be paid for their work product and, indeed, deserve to be paid. In small markets across the nation, the free access business model hasn’t proven itself sustainable on a widespread basis.

We, Beeville Publishing Company, recognize that there are now many ways for readers to receive the news. Toward that end, we offer our traditional newspaper products, our e-editions, and www.mySouTex.com online and in mobile form.
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feelark
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September 03, 2013
It shouldn't cost to opine!
Beeville
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September 03, 2013
I will look into the issues. The issue with the comments will be a little more difficult. That has to do with the back-end coding of the site. The other issue should be a little easier to fix.

thanks,

Jason

DubiousForever
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August 30, 2013
A few glitches, like clicking a comment and being directed to sign-in to see the blog the comment goes to. Also after sign-in directs to page not found (gotta click real fast before redirect). Both happening on PC and mobile. Other than that, OK.
DifferentView2
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August 30, 2013
Jason,

Thank you for discussing this issue with the publishers. I may disagree with their decision, particularly on the LTTE since it will probably discourage people to contact the editor, but respect the decision that was made.

I hope that the people who take the time to write a LTTE will take the time to also post it as a blog so that it is available as open content for discussion.
Beeville
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August 30, 2013
Both letters to the editor and the editorials will remain behind the paywall. Both require labor on the part of staff here and therefor should remain as paid items.

As always though, blogs will remain free to anyone wishing to post, view or comment them.

thanks,

Jason
Beeville
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August 29, 2013
I will discuss the issue of Letters to the Editor and the editorials with the publishers on Friday.

Jason
DifferentView2
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August 29, 2013
Jason,

I would also like to add that if LTTE are behind the paywall, then in essence you are asking for people to pay for work that was not produced by anyone affiliated with mysoutex. Or in other words, mysoutex is receiving 100% profit on the work produced by outside sources.

By placing the LTTE behind a paywall, it also limits the discussion of those letters in the comments section which in effect drives away Web traffic from the overall Website.

Thanks again for investigating a resolution to these issues.

DifferentView2
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August 29, 2013
Jason,

I understand the reasoning about putting premium news content of the reporters behind a paywall.

However, are the editorials by Chip and Jeff also considered to be premium content residing behind a paywall? Does anybody at mySouTex actually believe that someone would pay to read opinion articles of the editors on any issue? Like I stated earlier, I understand the reasoning about paying the reporters for news stories--but paying the publishers for editorials seems a bit absurd. If the publishers want to convey an opinion piece, then it should be open to all readers.

The same comment also applies to the LTTE. They are also behind the paywall.

I hope that the software can be reconfigured so the opinion columns are openly displayed; otherwise, the opinion articles will probably not receive any attention which is a disservice to the writers of those columns.

Thank you!