Changes coming to how you read the NI Gazette

All North Island Gazette subscribers will enjoy full access to the newspaper’s premium online content on at no additional cost.

  • Mar. 16, 2012 6:00 a.m.

As of March 22, all North Island Gazette subscribers will enjoy full access to the newspaper’s premium online content on at no additional cost.

This is an important step as part of a growing industry trend to reward our loyal readers with free unlimited access to all the local coverage you expect from your community newspaper. That means all website content, including our eEditions—a digital replica of the paper—is now included in the cost of your paid subscription.

On March 22, the first day for subscribers to activate their digital account, the Gazette will publish details about the premium content plan and how it will work.

Starting March 22, print subscribers can go to northislandgazette.com to sign up for digital access. New clients can subscribe for $51.25 per year to an all-access package, which includes the print edition and premium online content. Readers who want to forgo the print edition, or who live outside the Gazette’s delivery area, will still be able to access digital-only premium content on a monthly or annual basis.

With this step, this paper joins scores of paid-circulation community newspapers in cities large and small across the country which are recognizing the value of their online content, North Island Gazette publisher Sandy Grenier said. “Our next-generation products, such as our online content and e-editions, play an important part of our future,” she said.

“We will deliver the news and information to readers when they want it, where they want it and, most importantly, how they want it.”

While recognizing the value of the unique, local content created by the newsroom staff at the North Island Gazette, Grenier said she also appreciates the realities of a free-access internet.

“We understand that news outside of what our local reporters generate can be had elsewhere and for free, but there are literally thousands of such stories each day.”

Subscribers will enjoy privileges that include ability to forward stories via email or social media accounts, participate in online discussions and access all content.

Non-subscribers still will have free digital access to limited areas, such as provincial news, our web site’s front page and section fronts, blogs, classifieds and obituaries, Grenier said. And when breaking news happens locally, that too will be available to all.