July 3, 2012

Woonsocket Call Reverts Almost Entirely to Paper Paper

Monique Chartier

You used to be able to read the Woonsocket Call on-line. Sometime in the last ten days, however, that changed. Now, when you click on an article, you get only the first paragraph or two followed by a non-clickable directive. Example below from today's (I think) paper.

WOONSOCKET — After receiving a quarter of its state aid nine months earlier than it normally would have, the Woonsocket Education Department will pay off more than $11 million in overdue vendor bills by the end of the week. The state-appointed Budget Commission approved the first payout of $2.5 million to Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Rhode Island last week, and on Monday authorized another payment of more than $2.3 million to 11 more vendors. The recipients got first dibs on the cash because they were owed at least $100,000 longer than 90 days, said Schools Supt. Giovanna Donoyan.

Read more in our print edition.

Reporters, editors and photographers are entitled to make a living. More importantly, anything resembling good government requires a robust and inquisitive press . The Call's "new" approach of directing the reader to "older" technology would seem like a step backwards. At the same time, haven't newspapers which have switched to an electronic format and a paywall done so with mixed results? I wish the Call all the best with this endeavor. We need them and all newspapers to find their footing in electronic territory ... even if it's firmly among the (dead) trees.

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The Call hasn't been worth the paper it's printed on in 25 years.

Posted by: JTR at July 5, 2012 10:04 AM

Funny, when I moved to woony a while back I got the call in my mailbox for free. I still get it stuffed into my mail box regularly but i dont pay a dime for it, and I rarely read it. I get almost all my news online, with only my WSJ in paper. Im not seeing how this makes them more profitable? taking the online presence back a notch, in favor of a free print edition? Must be some sweet ad space...

Posted by: PeteC at July 5, 2012 12:26 PM
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