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March 14, 2009

Putting news online isn't free

We have been taking and paying for The Star for 37 years, and we want to continue doing so. We don't think it is right that people should read the paper on the Internet for nothing, when others are paying for it.

People who want to read the paper online should pay a monthly fee just like the rest of us. It takes a lot of work and people and cost to put it online as well as printing it and delivering it.

Charging a monthly fee to online readers might help out with some of your cost problems. Thanks for producing a good product.

Gary and Jackie Mielke
Kidder, Mo.



Very interesting column about the change from print newspapers to the Internet http://www.shirky.com/weblog/2009/03/newspapers-and-thinking-the-unthinkable/

“Round and round this goes, with the people committed to saving newspapers demanding to know “If the old model is broken, what will work in its place?” To which the answer is: Nothing. Nothing will work. There is no general model for newspapers to replace the one the internet just broke.” . . .

“Society doesn’t need newspapers. What we need is journalism. For a century, the imperatives to strengthen journalism and to strengthen newspapers have been so tightly wound as to be indistinguishable. That’s been a fine accident to have, but when that accident stops, as it is stopping before our eyes, we’re going to need lots of other ways to strengthen journalism instead.”

I think we’ll see an increase in the number of independent journalist/bloggers along the lines of Michael Yon and Michael Totten. People will get a general overview of the news from local stations and cable networks, but will read the independent journalists on-line for details.


How long have you guys worked for the Falling Star Gary and Jackie?


Or Gary and Jackie could read it for free on their computer. Can you get the Internet in Hooterville?

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