Weekly Mechanicville paper now charging for online content
MECHANICVILLE The Express weekly newspaper has added a paid website, charging readers to view most online content.
Most news stories appear on the website in abbreviated format, with the rest of the story available if people get a subscription and log in.
The change a couple of months ago coincides with the company introducing a revamped website, something that was a priority to Thomas and Cindy Mahoney when they bought the Mechanicville-based paper from Kathleen and Gary McNall in July 2011.
The Express posts on the website its top three stories of the week, the community calendar and some of its obituaries. It also updates the site between editions of the weekly paper with breaking news and photos.
The paper’s hard copy still has more content than the website, Cindy Mahoney said.
“Everybody’s been very excited about it,” she said of the new site. “We’re coming into the digital age. Kids, this is all they’re used to.”
A subscription costs $34 a year for the hard copy and online edition; online access alone costs $24 a year.
The paper has a circulation of 10,000 and employs two people full-time — both of the Mahoneys. Reporters and photographers work on a freelance basis, and their daughter Melissa LeMay works part-time.
The paper is the latest in the region to switch to a pay format online.
In May, the Glens Falls Post-Star started offering so-called metered content, allowing readers to see up to 10 articles every 30 days for free.
The Daily Gazette requires a subscription to read news stories beyond the first paragraph or two, as does the Amsterdam Recorder.
The Ballston Journal uses a partial paywall and just last month stopped producing its print edition. It now delivers news only on the Web.
The Business Review charges for premium content.