We really appreciate that--and your point is a good one. Journalism isn't free, and we want to continue providing quality journalism to our community, which deserves it. At the same time, we're trying to keep the price for Premium members as low as possible.
It's also worth noting: Much of the website, including most of the elements found on the home page--breaking news, the calendar, real estate listings, restaurant information, etc.--will remain accessible to all visitors, whether they are Premium members or not. Also, you can still comment on the site as long as you're registered--though comments will be limited to two per day. Premium members have unlimited commenting privileges.
" Feb 28, 11 11:11 AM
As a Premium member, you will have access to a newspaper delivered by mail--and the overwhelming majority of the time, the paper arrives in the mail on Thursday morning for local customers. The Postal Service is actually pretty reliable with that. The cost is $10 per quarter, billed to a credit card, or $45 a year in a single payment.
You can, of course, continue to purchase the paper at the newsstand--although you'd still be required to become a Premium member for full online access and benefits. Another option: buy the paper at the newsstand, sign up for the Premium membership to access the online benefits, and donate your mailed newspaper to the Newspapers In Education program--we'll deliver it to one of the local schools, where they use it in class and make it available to students through the library. It's a great program, and the schools are always looking for more copies of the paper to use.
" Feb 28, 11 11:12 AM
As noted above, with your Premium membership, you can opt to simply access the paper online (along with all of the other benefits), and donate your mailed newspaper to the Newspaper In Education program, where it will be used in local schools." Feb 28, 11 11:12 AM
See above: the Newspapers In Education program gives you the option of accessing all the benefits of Premium membership, and you can donate the mailed print edition to the local schools, where it will be put to good use." Feb 28, 11 11:13 AM
We decided to give people a break on the auto-renewal subscription because it means a lot less work for our circulation department as this type of subscription rolls over from year to year and does not require us to process and mail two and sometimes three renewal reminders every year." Mar 1, 11 10:37 AM
Believe me when I tell you that we constantly strive to continuously improve our website. And we take all of your feedback seriously. Designing, constructing, programming, managing and maintaining a website is a huge undertaking, and we’re doing the best we can with limited resources. We have made adjustments along the way and will continue to do so as we learn from our mistakes (and successes). And feedback from all of you has played a vital role.
One point that’s worth mentioning here is that 27east.com was never intended to be an online version of our print newspapers, which is why it is branded with a different name and includes a variety of elements on the homepage. Our goal with 27east.com is to create a community portal that has its own identity and allows for content and dialogue (much of it anonymous) that is less formal and more immediate than the newspaper experience. The site does rely on our newsroom for content, and we do our best to post all of it—especially breaking news, as it happens.
One of the most compelling points mentioned above (perhaps by your twin brother?) regards the bifurcation of news into an East Hampton page and a Southampton Page, and the fact that this creates story redundancies as many of our articles—especially those with regional impact—appear in both locations. We are considering modifying this structure so that a click of the news tab would bring you to a central news repository that could then be filtered and sorted by topic or location. If any of you would like to discuss the website in more detail or offer additional feedback I encourage you to call me at 283-4100 and I’d be happy to chat with you about it. Please understand, though, that I do not have the time to respond to every post left here, although I’ve been doing my best.
" Mar 1, 11 10:39 AM
Congratulations, Frank! Well deserved. Certainly looks like you guys had a good time at the party!" May 10, 13 3:38 PM
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