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Columbia Daily Tribune to charge for its online content

Online articles of the daily newspaper will be limited to online subscribers starting Dec. 1.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010 | 7:00 p.m. CST; updated 12:55 p.m. CST, Wednesday, November 17, 2010

COLUMBIA – The Columbia Daily Tribune will start charging Dec. 1 for content on its website and mobile devices.

Options for this so-called paywall include single-item purchases, daily, monthly and annual subscriptions.

The annual cost of an online-only subscription will be $96, or $8 per month. A daily print subscription for 52 weeks currently costs $164.68. After Dec. 1, print subscribers can pay an additional $1 per month to have unlimited online access.

Current print subscribers will have free access to online content until Jan. 1 or until their subscription renewal date, whichever is later.

Online viewers without a subscription can view up to 10 articles per month at no charge. 

According to a news release from the Tribune, certain content on the website will remain free, including wire news from the Associated Press, classified advertisements, calendars, weather, coupons, puzzles and games, the home page and all section fronts, including sports and business.

The Tribune’s report on the change Tuesday received some support from readers but largely feedback expressing unhappiness with the decision.

As of 5:02 p.m. Tuesday, 96 comments indicated readers would not participate in the new plan. Many of the commentators lamented the upcoming loss of a free community forum.

The decision comes at a time when other news outlets are looking into revenue from online readers. According to the New York Times website, the publication will start charging for unlimited access to its online content in January.

The Santa Barbara News Press now charges $60 per year for online-only subscriptions. The Wall Street Journal charges $1.99 per week for its online content, although select articles are offered for free viewing.

In the Columbia Tribune's news release, Vice President Andy Waters said other newspapers were looking at ways to fit online subscriptions into their business strategies.

“We’ve been planning this for a long time,” he said. 


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Comments

Bill Fisher November 16, 2010 | 8:05 p.m.

Their loss, and the Missourian's gain. I won't pay for online news, and neither will 99% of the population.

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Cora Mason November 16, 2010 | 8:28 p.m.

Right there with you, Bill. I'm a Trib defector myself, and I'm very happy to be here at my new home on the Missourian.

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Walter Lane November 16, 2010 | 8:42 p.m.

I've been on here and the trib for a while now. I like the Missourian much better b/c it's easier to keep track of article updates, etc. Plus all the idiotic bigoted/racist comments don't pop up here. Because people are afraid to put their name to the words that come out of their mouths.

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Nathan Whitaker November 16, 2010 | 8:48 p.m.

First post here, last post at the Tribune. Hank, this was a serious bone-head move. Many others have tried it and come to regret their decisions. We'll see how the Tribune feels about their brilliant new business plan in 6 months.

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Amy Vandergriff-Belcher November 16, 2010 | 11:05 p.m.

Wow... took me a minute to remember what my log in is. Well Missourian, it's me and you kid. Later Trib.

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James Krewson November 16, 2010 | 11:53 p.m.

What I don't understand is why the Tribune news website isn't 100% ad supported. Are they simply charging their online users a fee now to help prop up a failing newspaper print industry that is on the decline? Why doesn't the Tribune charge the people who want to get their paper in print more instead of forcing online users to foot the bill. The cost of producing the news online is much cheaper that what they are charging for it. $8 per month? Are you kidding me?... Are you kidding me?... It's a bad move on their part. I am switching over to the Missourian.

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Ellis Smith November 17, 2010 | 5:00 a.m.

We assume the Missourian, a "teaching newspaper," is paying close attention to what's currently going on at the Tribune and might profit from doing so.

Carrying the analogy to what may be an extreme, is the Missourian "learning any lessons?"

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Steven Dupree November 17, 2010 | 7:16 a.m.
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Ramon Mercader November 17, 2010 | 8:42 a.m.
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Ricky Gurley November 17, 2010 | 8:48 a.m.

I was banned from the Columbia Tribune a long time ago. And a long time ago I said "good riddance to bad rubbish"!

The Columbia Tribune has their own agenda... A lot of their stories reflect their own agenda too...

There is a story over there now about a lady Police Officer that killed herself, and when some of the posters tried to bring out some of the inside information and background about the events that lead up to that; their posts were deleted because it reflected poorly on a few government and Law Enforcement Officials. It was interesting reading until the Tribune started deleting all of the interesting posts from some of the people that seemed to know what was going on.

Why would anyone want to pay to be censored? It's like paying the North Korean Government for the "opportunity" to live there.

Frankly, I am happy to see "O'Henry" pull out his sword and position himself to fall on it....

Rick.

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tam crow November 17, 2010 | 8:49 a.m.

hello missourian i will be reading your paper for now on since the tribe will be charging,

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Amy Vandergriff-Belcher November 17, 2010 | 9:28 a.m.

I'd love it if people that are coming here from the Trib would post their trib screen name in a comment so we know who's who. Me, I'm comoreader30 but most of you probably already knew that.

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Chrissy King November 17, 2010 | 10:00 a.m.

Hello Missourian....I'm glad to be here. Too bad for the Tribune, although I did hear that the Missourian may be thinking of doing the same thing. Hope that doesn't happen. Formerly known as Ihaftasay...... :)

Chris

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Chris Delbert November 17, 2010 | 10:02 a.m.

Hi Amy, my name is Chris, I'm a Taurus, I like long walks on the beach, hard-core family values and puppies. On the trib bolg thingy I am swingline747. I'll give this spot a shot, but I'll probably still pay to play over there for a while just to see who stays.

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Amy Vandergriff-Belcher November 17, 2010 | 10:10 a.m.

Thanks for the laugh swingline. Much appreciated!

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Scott Hamlin November 17, 2010 | 10:28 a.m.

Hello Missourian, goodbye Trib. I will be getting all my local and statewide news here from now on.

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John Williams November 17, 2010 | 10:37 a.m.
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Herman Montague Engel November 17, 2010 | 10:47 a.m.
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Steven Dupree November 17, 2010 | 10:50 a.m.

It will be interesting to watch the evolution of the Missourians comment section...
I'm new here as well, formerly Scuba on the Trib, and a Will Ferrell fan ;)

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Ricky Gurley November 17, 2010 | 11:11 a.m.

An interesting thought...

Whenever the forum over at the Tribune starts going down to minimal posts; the Moderators and/or Web Editors will have their work load greatly reduced. When this happens, it will only make sense to cut a few of them loose..

Be looking for some of the Moderators to be greeting you when you walk into Wal-Mart in the not too distant future.

Rick.

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Kenny Edwards November 17, 2010 | 11:20 a.m.

This site will totally suffice. Hey Amy! Hope all is well you and yours!

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Amy Vandergriff-Belcher November 17, 2010 | 12:13 p.m.

Hey Kenny, I was wondering if that was you or someone with the same name. We're good. Baby #4 is coming in January!! We are so excited!

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J W November 17, 2010 | 12:33 p.m.
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Jake Sherlock November 17, 2010 | 12:40 p.m.

Hello,

There's nothing more exciting for me than to see so many new names contributing to the conversation here. A big welcome to everyone who said they're coming here from the Trib. We hope you'll enjoy the community here as much as you did at the Trib.

We do ask that you comment under your real name when you post here. We will occasionally email readers to verify that they are posting under their real names. We do this because we believe in openness and transparency. If you're not comfortable saying something publicly, drop us an email at editor@ColumbiaMissourian.com and let us know about your news tips, opinions and other matters that way. We won't publish the contents of those emails in any way, shape or form under your name without your permission.

We look forward to reading your comments and contributing to the conversation.

Jake Sherlock
Opinion editor

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Herman Montague Engel November 17, 2010 | 12:41 p.m.

JW - Actually, you and Swingline are here until the moderator enforces the full name policy.

Come on Swingline, crack us up!

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Chrissy King November 17, 2010 | 12:55 p.m.

Trying again.....the Missourian police thought I wasn't real....but come to find out - I am!! Glad to be here!! Formerly known as Ihaftasay!

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Chrissy King November 17, 2010 | 12:58 p.m.

Thanks Jake Sherlock for fixing me!!!

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Herman Montague Engel November 17, 2010 | 1:05 p.m.

Jake, are you monitoring the comments going on at the Trib on the story where they announced the pay wall?

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J W November 17, 2010 | 1:25 p.m.
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Jake Sherlock November 17, 2010 | 1:34 p.m.

Herman,

I have been following the comments over there. I'm excited that so many people over there have said they'd like to come over here -- we'd love to have all of y'all.

But, we do have that real-name requirement. Which reminds me, Herman, please check your email. You should have something from me. :)

Thanks,

Jake Sherlock
Opinion editor

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Steven Dupree November 17, 2010 | 2:26 p.m.

That Real Name thing is the only thing that bothers me about this site. Not because I want to act like a jerk anonymously, but because anyone with a computer can find out just about anything they want to about you with your name. Jake Sherlock for example, I can find exactly where you live and bring up a picture of your house. I'm sure you know that already. All it takes is one mentally unstable person to disagree with your opinion. That will of course weigh in my decision to stay here and add to the commentary.

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Chris Delbert November 17, 2010 | 2:33 p.m.

Ditto the comment by Cousin Dupree (Steely Dan Reference)

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Chris Delbert November 17, 2010 | 2:35 p.m.

And, Missourian, we like mugshots. We love making fun of them. If given a choice, please publish the one with one eye swollen shut and the hair half braided.

Is that ok?

Swingline

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Chris Delbert November 17, 2010 | 4:15 p.m.

This indeed, is me.

swingline

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Ellis Smith November 17, 2010 | 4:18 p.m.

This is a democracy, and you have every right to act like a jerk if you wish to do so.

Consider the "name thing" an inconvenience, but a sure sign of your having very large "cajones." This site could definitely use expanded "cajones." - El Vampiro.

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Amy Vandergriff-Belcher November 17, 2010 | 4:40 p.m.

So clever Clarence. Nice to see you!

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Richard Saunders November 17, 2010 | 4:46 p.m.

Without the anonymity to confront the world's biggest power, would the United States even exist?

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Clarence Botticker November 17, 2010 | 4:46 p.m.

@AmyVB - give me a hint.

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Michael Rogers November 17, 2010 | 4:49 p.m.

Nice to find my new home. :)

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Jon Hendrell November 17, 2010 | 5:04 p.m.

Hello Missourian! Glad to be over here now!!!

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Amy Vandergriff-Belcher November 17, 2010 | 5:11 p.m.

@ Clarence, I'm comoreader30.

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Clarence Botticker November 17, 2010 | 5:17 p.m.

Awesome, the whole gang is here.

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Amy Vandergriff-Belcher November 17, 2010 | 5:21 p.m.

Not the whole gang. We don't have BoCoMoBoogy. I, for one, am sad about that. I liked the way he could stir things up. I'm still wondering who some of you were on the Trib. Please enlighten me!! Enquiring minds must know!

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Richard Saunders November 17, 2010 | 5:22 p.m.

@Clarence Botticker, no kites today, too poor!

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John Schultz November 17, 2010 | 5:34 p.m.

BoCoMoBoogy has been banned here under his real name for some time, snuck back under another name, and got the ban hammer once more.

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Ricky Gurley November 17, 2010 | 6:12 p.m.

Steve Dupree said: "anyone with a computer can find out just about anything they want to about you with your name". I think it is completely inaccurate to say that someone can find out anything they want about you on the net. In most cases the information you find on the Internet about someone else is information that was put there by the person the information is about..

And I should add that if you want privacy, you are the one that is responsible for protecting it.

Nobody can privatize your information for you. You have to protect it.

Can anyone tell me what my address is? Look around for it on the Internet. I am sure some of you may be able to find it, but it won't be easy.

Has anyone here made sure that they were careful about what information they give out to people they don't know? Radio Shack, Dominoes, Home Shopping Network?

Everyone should be careful with what information they are giving out about theirselves in an "information age".

Zero times is the word privacy mentioned anywhere in the consitution. There is no right to privacy; just a reasonable expectation. Reasonable expectation of privacy does not mean that you can go give out information about yourself to the public and then expect it to be kept private...

Rick.

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Ricky Gurley November 17, 2010 | 6:33 p.m.

Can we use handles like "Bad Puppy" here? I thought we had to use our real names?

Rick.

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Ramon Mercader November 17, 2010 | 6:33 p.m.
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Derrick Fogle November 17, 2010 | 6:44 p.m.

Hi peeps, this is the h4x354x0r! Sorry, no, you didn't get rid of me.

Yes, I've been registered here a long time. One of the reasons I do not generally comment on here is because I want everything I put out on the internet to be tied to my weirdo user ID. Kinda the opposite of wanting privacy on the internet.

If you search google for that user id, you get almost a dozen pages of "clean" returns that really actually have something to do with me. If you search google for my real name, there's not a single return in the first page that has anything to do with me. My unique online handle makes me far more identifiable online, not less.

But, I can always sign my posts with my online handle (it basically means I'm a computer hacking hacky sack player) so...

Here's from the h4x354x0r

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Clarence Botticker November 17, 2010 | 6:50 p.m.

@h4x354x0r - Right on!

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Amy Vandergriff-Belcher November 17, 2010 | 7:16 p.m.

@ Bad Puppy.... you'll be getting an email soon, I'm sure. Better change it to your real name! :)

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Laura Johnston November 17, 2010 | 7:41 p.m.

@Amy Vandergriff-Belcher: Thanks for helping remind new users about our policy that requires first and last names on comments.
Glad to have you join our conversation.

Laura Johnston, interactive news editor
ColumbiaMisourian.com

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Clarence Botticker November 17, 2010 | 7:56 p.m.

Badpuppy - the first of the refugees turned away....

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Amy Vandergriff-Belcher November 17, 2010 | 8:04 p.m.

Don't worry Clarence, he'll be back (I hope. I really enjoy Badpuppy's take on things.)

@Laura, I'm glad to be here too. Now, I hope the Missourian is ready for the Peanut Gallery! It gets pretty interesting sometimes.

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Allan Sharrock November 17, 2010 | 8:12 p.m.

Humm all these new bloggers will make things more complicated. I used to only have a few liberals to argue with now it will double. :) But hey I love debates and only through discussion can people learn from each other.

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Ramon Mercader November 17, 2010 | 8:23 p.m.
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Yves Montclear November 17, 2010 | 9:09 p.m.

OK, free bird.

Are there a lot of hipster doofuses here?

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Clara Allen November 17, 2010 | 9:27 p.m.

All news is local.

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teresa cleek November 17, 2010 | 9:29 p.m.

I'm here too. I've been here I just don't log in often.

bluemerald

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Laura Johnston November 17, 2010 | 10:07 p.m.

@Maria Von Trapp: Please use your real name when posting. It seems an unlikely coincidence that you'd share the name of the matriarch of the Von Trapp Family Singers. Though, I suppose it is possible.
And, thanks for joining our conversation.

Thanks,
Laura Johnston, interactive news editor
ColumbiaMissourian.com

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Ellis Smith November 17, 2010 | 10:40 p.m.

Amy Vandergriff-Belcher:

joeminer(Tribune)= Ellis Smith (Missourian). "Joe Miner" is both a registered mame and logo. Only a few college mascots in the United States are depicted carrying firearms. I believe the Oklahoma State University mascot is also one that does.

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Scott Hamlin November 18, 2010 | 8:14 a.m.

1304 DAWN RIDGE RD.
COLUMBIA, MO 65202

Am I right Ricky? What do I win?

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Ricky Gurley November 18, 2010 | 8:55 a.m.

You are correct sir! You win the honorary title of "Investigator Extraordinaire".... That is where I live, and my office is in the One Broadway Building, Suite Z.

I was wondering who would go look at the Secretary of State's website and look up my company's registered name. Then start looking through the articles of incorporation and annual registrations. Or look on CaseNet and find some of the civil cases that I have been involved in... But, the CaseNet Entries with my address on them are about 3 years old; so if that is what you went off of it would have been kind of a "guess".. The Secretary of State's website would be more current. Good job, Scott!

And I am not "alarmed" about it at all, like some people would be.. The fact is I put it out there when I registered my company and sued another company. It's a matter of public record. Anyone can get it.

So, why do other people complain when there information is posted? It's not like I did not expect someone to find it: "Can anyone tell me what my address is? Look around for it on the Internet. I am sure some of you may be able to find it, but it won't be easy."

Speaking of which, I have to pay more money to do the annual registration this month! LOL.

But you really did miss the point of that entire post... Now I know you don't believe that; but there is a "hidden meaning" to that post. And, I shared that with someone right after I made the post yesterday. So, it can be confirmed that the post you are responding to means much more than it says........

Rick.

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Scott Hamlin November 18, 2010 | 10:00 a.m.

As an ex-bailbondsman/fugitive recovery agent, the information is out there if you know where to look.

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Phil Philbert November 18, 2010 | 10:11 p.m.
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sherman bridgewater November 19, 2010 | 3:37 a.m.

Im not going to pay for one sided commentary and have my comments deleted cause of the powers that be dont like them. I always did like the Missourian and now with the rubbish the trib is doing Im loving the Missourian even more. ROLL TIDE ROLL!!!

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Gwendy Williams November 19, 2010 | 10:33 a.m.

WAR EAGLE !!!!

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sherman bridgewater November 20, 2010 | 4:23 a.m.

Gwendy hate to say this especially coming from a lifelong Bama fan and alumni but your team got us this year but just like all the tiger football fans say up here "maybe next year".

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