The News-Gazette is turning a new page in its 162 year history as it begins to charge a fee for online access.
The paper's publisher, John Foreman, said during an appearance on NewsTalk 1400 WDWS on Wednesday that the company has made a big investment in meeting today's demands for information on mobile devices. And the fee will help cover the costs of providing those services.
He said more and more content will be available on the paper's redesigned website than in the printed edition.
Foreman said some services on the website will remain available at no cost, such as headlines, access to classified ads and a list of obituaries. Readers can also access eight complete stories or other content a month for free before they are asked to buy a subscription to view more content.
Foreman said the trend for charging for website access is a decision made by the newspaper industry.
A number of various packages are available to subscribers for complete online acess to the News-Gazette content. You can find more information here , by calling the Customer Care Center at 217-351-5252 or by stopping at the News-Gazette office in downtown Champaign.