Introducing new look, features and pricing for GazetteNET
Welcome to the new GazetteNET.com.
The Daily Hampshire Gazette’s online service has a fresh look, new features and services, and more advertising opportunities along with all of our local news, sports and feature content.
It is now available on smartphones, iPads and other tablets. In a few weeks there will be an electronic edition that reproduces the actual pages of the daily paper.
The changes are the result of a new state-of-the-art content management system built by Digital Technology International, a leader in publishing systems. It represents a significant investment in the future of the Gazette and reflects our belief in the importance and value of community journalism in print and online.
With these expanded digital offerings the Gazette will also change its online subscription plan.
For now the new GazetteNET.com is open and free to all visitors.
The heart of the site remains our staff-produced local news, sports and feature content, the most complete and in-depth in the region. The new website includes a live-news headline feed pulling in wire service reports and tweets from staff members and trusted sources. There will be more photos posted with every story and more video.
A new online calendar will allow for easy searches for coming events, by community and by subject.
There will be a daily opinion poll, an improved TalkBack section for commenting, photo galleries, and easy access to special sections such as Valley Almanac, Live Well and the Restaurant Guide. The site is built so it will be easy to receive and post photos, video and community news from readers.
The expanded website also creates an exciting new marketplace for our advertisers.
The Gazette started charging for online access to local stories in 2004. Today we are changing the pay structure to what is called a metered system, which means that readers who are not subscribers will be asked to register in order to view up to five local stories for free each month. It is a system being adopted by many news organizations.
The home page can still be scanned at no cost, but all local content will require a subscription with the exception of the live-news feed, wire service stories, obituaries, advertising, business directories, calendar listings, community blogs and special sections.
Producing and delivering a daily newspaper that offers news, features, photography and commentary, and also serves as a marketplace for advertisers to reach their customers, requires a trained professional staff and resources. For more than 225 years the Gazette has been central to the life of our communities. Subscriptions help provide the financial support to carry on our work.
With the Gazette All-Access plan, print subscribers will continue to enjoy home delivery of their newspapers as well as full access to all of our digital offerings (Web, mobile, e-edition).
Print subscribers pay $3.30 a week for six-day home delivery (compared to a newsstand price of $4.75 a week).
Beginning Oct. 8, online readers who are not print subscribers will be asked to choose one of our Digital Only subscription plans to enjoy unlimited access to online content.
The Digital Only subscription offers GazetteNET.com on the Web, on mobile devices and through an e-edition for the following prices:
$1 for a day pass
$10.99 for four weeks
$65 for 26 weeks
$125 for 52 weeks
The newspaper’s new content management system uses cloud computing technology.
This makes it easier to manage, change and update our website and also gives us the ability to publish the newspaper from a remote site in case of power outages or other plant disruptions.
The planning, installation, testing and training for the new system have taken more than a year.
We encourage feedback as we test drive the new website and make adjustments and improvements. Let us know what you think and what you would like to see on GazetteNET.com. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.