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Charging for a special section

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Moderator1, Jul 5, 2012.

  1. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    Interesting tidbit on Raleigh's plans.

    http://jimromenesko.com/2012/07/05/news-observer-charges-a-buck-for-olympics-preview/
     
  2. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    THAT is some bullshit.
     
  3. SixToe

    SixToe Active Member

    I'd cancel my subscription immediately. That's bullshit.
     
  4. flexmaster33

    flexmaster33 Active Member

    Wow...way to piss off the readers who are loyal to you. Stupid move.
     
  5. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Unless there's some legitimate local content in the section (not just writers spewing their opinion), why would anyone want to pay for a section of wire copy?
     
  6. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    Bush league.
     
  7. jr/shotglass

    jr/shotglass Well-Known Member

    If it's totally separate from the subscription, like a $1 special section you can buy at the newsstand, I have no problem with it. I'm not so sure that isn't the way to handle your football tabs ... as a magazine-like entity separate from the daily paper.

    If you stick a little note in there that says, "Oh, by the way, you're paying an extra $1 on your home delivery this week because we're forcing something on you which you may not want" ... well, yeah, that's chickenshit.

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  8. pressmurphy

    pressmurphy Member

    How much OT will their phone bank rack up processing subscription cancellations one week and restart requests the next?
     
  9. SixToe

    SixToe Active Member

    I don't believe today's world has as many restart requests as maybe 10-15 years or more ago.

    This is just bad business. You don't stick it to your customers like this without warning, forcing a fee or charge on them, for something many probably don't want or wouldn't have noticed.
     
  10. BTExpress

    BTExpress Well-Known Member

    I didn't know that Miami and Kansas City had charged extra for their Thanksgiving (Black Friday ad bonanza) editions.

    Must be a McClatchy thing.
     
  11. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member


    You cancel . . . and you tell them precisely why, at length.
     
  12. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    In that case, a college hoops preview should be a $20 add-on. Right, Raleigh?
     
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