In the past year or so, Eau Claire’s Leader-Telegram has began restricting access to their online articles.
The shift that newspapers are making away from the print form and towards online content is a hot topic in the journalism community. The debate about requiring subscriptions, however, isn’t discussed as often.
The main difference between the publications is the frequency of printing. The Spectator is published only once a week, and Volume One is published once every two weeks. The Leader-Telegram, on the other hand, is a daily newspaper. The bigwigs at the Eau Claire Press Company must have deemed it too expensive to continue printing every day and offer their content online for free, so they had to cut something.
That raises the question: Do you support publications that are shifting towards the internet and incorporating multimedia elements into the way news is brought to you, or do you prefer the a publication that continues to value and emphasize the traditional aspects of journalism?
— Nick Gourdoux