The Courier will take another step into its digital future with the adoption of a subscription system next week.
Signing up for a new subscription offer will include around-the-clock digital access to all of the local news, sport and opinion published by The Courier, plus essential community information.
Visitors to thecourier.com.au will be able to read five articles a month for free from Tuesday when The Courier introduces subscriptions for unlimited website access.
Full access to the best and latest from across Ballarat, plus the latest in national news, sport and lifestyle advice, will cost only $3.75 a week.
As announced this week, the new subscription package includes access to the digital print edition of The Courier, an interactive digital version that allows every page of the newspaper to be read on a tablet or desktop.
By subscribing for full online access, you will be supporting The Courier to continue its mission to deliver the local journalism that keeps our community informed, entertained and connected. Subscribers also have the option to receive regular news and sport updates, including breaking-news alerts, by email.
Readers can sign up and pay for a subscription at thecourier.com.au from Tuesday. The first 30 days of unlimited website access is free for subscribers, who can choose to pay monthly or take out an annual subscription with a 20 per cent discount.
Non-subscribers coming directly to thecourier.com.au, or from a search engine or social media, will see a meter displayed at the bottom of the article they are reading.
The meter will show the number of articles they have read in the past month. After reading five articles in a month, the next article opened will invite the user to subscribe for full website access.
Some website content will remain open to all visitors, including classified advertisements, such as birth and funeral notices, and recommended articles featuring local businesses and sponsored content.
Website visitors can also sign up to have a free newsletter emailed regularly to their inbox, making it easier to browse the latest headlines and see what’s making news in Ballarat.
The changes do not affect the printed version of The Courier, which continues to be published Monday to Saturday. Visit thecourier.com.au on Tuesday for more information about how to subscribe.
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