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Old 09-08-2010, 02:34 AM
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Location: Somewhere.
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I went in to check out local news last night and it now expects me to pay to view info. When did they change this? It was always free before.
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Old 09-08-2010, 12:05 PM
 
Location: The Circle City. Sometimes NE of Bagdad.
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I don't know when they changed, but I think as newspapers struggle, you will see more of this in the future.
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Old 09-08-2010, 09:57 PM
 
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I think it was about a month ago. It upset a lot of people. I can see where papers need to do that for revenue, but the Spectrum has never had the greatest reputation among residents, for coverage and delivery. So this was the final straw for many. They still promote the page heavily on Facebook and there are others who are frustrated at clicking on a story and seeing that padlock!
Try these
Dixie Press - St George News
KCSG Television - KCSG Television Your Window to Southern Utah
SouthernUtah.com - Welcome
Cedar City News - News, Newspaper, Classifieds, Events and Businesses in Cedar City Iron County, Utah
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Old 09-09-2010, 01:06 PM
 
Location: The Circle City. Sometimes NE of Bagdad.
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toby04, Thanks for the links, most helpful.
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Old 11-11-2010, 07:38 PM
 
Location: St George Utah
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I know it's addictive to enjoy being able to read local news happenings on-line, since most of us rely on TV stations up in Salt Lake City for news.


But you;'re definitely not really missing out on much by not being able to read the Spectrum on-line for free any more.

Whatever revenue they're generating from the paid on-line service isn't resulting in quality reporting or less advertisements.

The only reason I'm still subscribing to the paper is because I can usually justify the subscription cost by the monthly savings I get using the Sunday coupons, but that seems to have dropped-off over the past couple months, so I'll probably cancel my subscription the next time I'm really frustrated by the paper.

I know all papers are hurting these days, but the Spectrum is way overpriced for the content you actually get, unless you enjoy obituaries & religious stuff.
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Old 11-13-2010, 08:32 PM
 
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I have noticed lately when i click on an article from Facebook, sometimes I can read it, sometimes it is locked.
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Old 11-29-2010, 04:31 PM
 
Location: St George Utah
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I've got the Monday (29 NOV 10) hardcopy issue of the Spectrum in front of me now. It's as thick as a dime, and of course, about 80% of the content is advertisements, all for $.50!

Front page headline is "Shoppers log on for online deals" & the main story below that is "Storm frustrates travelers"

Content-wise, after advertisements, the majority of the content is sports.


In a way, it is WONDERFUL that there's just not enough news --good or bad-- in this region to generate content on a daily basis. Even Sunday's newspaper is about 1/8th the size after you remove all the advertising inserts, and still, the actual Sunday newspaper is about 70 - 80% advertisements.

It's embarrassing & a rip-off. Their owner, Gannett, needs to drop the Spectrum's publication down to maybe a 3 days a week in order to increase the useable content (two pages of obituaries doesn't count...) to make the Spectrum come close to being worth 50 cents, OR just do the inevitable & drop the print version altogether & try to figure how you can make a profit with an on-line only version.

As it is now, The Spectrum & Daily News sucks.
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