Packet and Gazette introduce new subscription package for online access

December 16, 2012 

President and Publisher

The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette

With a legacy of community-oriented journalism stretching back more than 115 years for The Beaufort Gazette and 42 years for The Island Packet, we have witnessed countless changes in the newspaper business. Our loyal readers have experienced much of that growth and change along with us. From the banks of the ACE basin to the beaches of the Atlantic, from unfortunate tragedies to small-town miracles, we have kept watch on our community and shared those events with you every day.

Over the past several years we’ve experienced more change than ever before in our history. We’ve moved to a 24-hour news cycle in Beaufort County, bringing you news continually. We’ve dedicated ourselves to delivering cutting-edge methods of news access to our customers, who depend on us for those stories. As a result, our readers now have multiple options for receiving news and information. For readers who have a tactile romance with the print edition and relish the Sunday morning sports section over a hot cup of coffee, we continue to meet their needs. For those who prefer the flexibility of high-quality journalism at work or on the go, we offer a suite of desktop and mobile sites and mobile apps. And for readers in between, who want a replica of the print newspaper to lean back with and enjoy at home or on the road, we offer the e-Edition.

While we continually strive to open new and exciting ways for our readers to access our content, this effort is not without cost. As a result, like many others in the newspaper industry, we have decided to begin offering a new subscription to all of these services in a single digital access package.

The digital access program will create a new digital and print subscription package for the first time. For print subscribers, this combined package will include access to web, mobile, tablet apps and the replica e-Edition for a relatively small increase in existing print home delivery rates. We'll also offer an online-only digital subscription to users after they have read a certain number of pages. If you have questions regarding this change, the quickest way to reach us is via email is: digital@islandpacket.com or digtital@beaufortgazette.com

While charging for digital access to our journalism represents a philosophical shift in our digital strategy, we believe this decision both protects the value and integrity of our products.

Thank you for your support in making this milestone a reality.