The News will launch a new website complete with a new name, TheNews-IA.com.
In the coming weeks, The News will launch a new website complete with a new name, TheNews-IA.com.
You’ll soon see more about the website and the features it offers.
One big change on the website is that it will be restricted to News subscribers. Right now, all of the content on the News website is available at no charge.
Subscribers will still have full access to the website and its content. Non-subscribers will be able to purchase a one-week subscription for $1.25, the same cost as picking up the newspaper on the newsstand, or they can get a digital subscription for $30 per year.
Some content on the website will continue to be free, including obituaries, special sections and advertising. All readers will be able to read the headline and a story summary on the home page and section pages for news, sports and opinion.
As more readers turn to digital devices The News needs to look at ways to generate revenue to continue employing our staff that works hard to produce the newspaper each week.
The truth is it is expensive to produce a newspaper and provide coverage of events in north Washington County and south Johnson County. Our small staff of six does an excellent job of providing that coverage. We want to be able to continue doing that.
Often our reporters are the only ones attending city council and school board meetings. At sports events, you may not see a reporter or photographer from another newspaper or radio station there. We spend a considerable amount of money to cover sporting events when our teams travel to competitions.
The newspaper owners live in the community as do many of our staff. We donate money to support many community events, schools and organizations.
We believe it is important to be at events in all of our communities – Kalona, Wellman, Riverside and Lone Tree. Strong newspapers build strong communities. The new website will position the newspaper to continue its tradition of excellence in serving our communities.