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Palo Alto Weekly

News - June 24, 2011

Weekly launches community membership campaign

'Support Local Journalism' drive asks readers to invest in community reporting

The Palo Alto Weekly has launched a campaign to secure a healthy future by asking readers to begin paying for a portion of the costs of operating the Weekly and its popular website, Palo Alto Online.

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Comments

Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 23, 2011 at 6:48 pm

This is confusing. Is the $5 per month for print version, online version, or both?

This will in effect register all users to this forum as some type of password system will be necessary to gain access to the website. Or, am I reading this wrong?


Posted by Susan , a resident of Community Center
on Jun 24, 2011 at 4:59 am

The Weekly is by far the most thoughtful and unbiased of the major local news options. I will contribute.


Posted by registered user, Jocelyn Dong, a resident of editor of the Palo Alto Weekly
on Jun 24, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Hi Resident. Thanks for asking about the Support Local Journalism campaign.

To clarify, this is a voluntary program. We are not instituting a pay wall. Content on Palo Alto Online will continue to be free, as will your subscription to the Weekly, whether or not you become a member.

Our membership program simply asks our readers to help fund the costs of producing quality coverage of our community. The traditional funding model for newspapers -- print advertising -- has undergone a tremendous change in the past decade. The advent of classified advertising websites such as craigslist.com, readers' adoption of digital habits, and the recent recession have forever altered how journalism is funded.

We're asking our readers to invest in journalism. The Weekly's news staff is bright and hard-working, dedicated to bringing you community reporting accurately and in the most insightful ways we can. If supporting local journalism is something that you believe in, we welcome your participation.

Thanks.


Posted by registered user, anciana, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jun 24, 2011 at 3:51 pm

I would be happy to pay to keep independent journalism in Palo Alto. When the letter comes, I will respond.