I have never been a fan of making a newspapers exclusive content available free to anyone, anywhere. But thats what most newspapers did for years as they hoped in vain to convert online eyeballs to revenue to replace print advertising.
I believe we perform a vital public service. No one else in Boise covers the business of health, or Micron, or energy and the environment, or any number of topics important to the Valley, with the depth and expertise we do. The investigative story on the College of Western Idaho students shortchanged on classroom instruction? Statesman reporter Bill Roberts broke that. Audrey Duttons pieces on how hospital acquisitions of medical practices are raising concerns about medical costs? Tough reporting no one else is doing.
Newspapers shrank a lot in recent years. Now, at last, theyre asking online readers to start paying for the unique, original reporting theyve been reading for free.
All Business Insider content was once behind a paywall. Now BI is part of the Statesmans new metered system that allows nonsubscribers 15 free stories a month.
We expect only a minority of people who hit the paywall to go through. Lots of outlets offer free news on crimes, fires, traffic, weather. Thats important, high-interest stuff, and enough for many people.
But if you want the thoughtful, enterprising coverage only the Statesman and BI provide, I appreciate your support of our work.
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