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Posted: Thursday, September 27, 2012 6:59 pm

Beginning Oct. 1, readers of the Gilroy Dispatch website will ask readers to sign up for an "online subscription," which requires logging in with an email address to read a full story.

To access the free and secure online subscription, follow the prompts after clicking on any story after the first of the month. The process is as simple as entering a valid email address along with your zip code, screen name and password, according to Chuck Gibbs, IT director for Mainstreet Media Group, the company that publishes the Dispatch.

As traffic continues to increase on the Dispatch website, the company has expressed interest in learning more about its readers.

"Thank you for continuing to subscribe to your local newspaper.  We are proud to have served the community for more than 100 years and we will continue to provide local news that matters to you and your family for many years to come," wrote Anthony Allegretti, publisher and CEO of Mainstreet Media Group, in a letter to Dispatch subscribers.

The Morgan Hill Times, the Dispatch's sister paper, began requiring email addresses for online subscriptions earlier this year, Gibbs said.

In the future, a "nominal fee" may be required to access certain parts of the Dispatch website. But for now, readers can continue to enjoy full access to all news the Dispatch publishes on its site.

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17 comments:

  • KingNicholas2 posted at 4:19 pm on Mon, Oct 1, 2012.

    KingNicholas2 Posts: 411

    soon as they start charging, it's bye-bye

     
  • XLancer posted at 3:10 pm on Mon, Oct 1, 2012.

    XLancer Posts: 7

    In other words, the Dispatch ad staff can't sell enough online space to make a profit.

    The end is nigh.

     
  • Peacer posted at 10:54 pm on Sun, Sep 30, 2012.

    Peacer Posts: 67

    [censored] I think that's BS[censored] In the future, a "nominal fee" may be required to access certain parts of the Dispatch website. [censored] come on now that's not cool

     
  • Gilroybighouse posted at 4:03 pm on Sat, Sep 29, 2012.

    Gilroybighouse Posts: 46

    @msspelling, yes, we gave email addresses when we signed in for an account to comment. If however, one clears cookies often, all someone has out of that is that I commented on this story. If I have to log in, they have a full record of each visit, everything that one looks at, and where you are, which is much more valuable to spam producers. I don't wish to enable someone's marketing to that degree.

     
  • KetchupFingers posted at 12:24 pm on Sat, Sep 29, 2012.

    KetchupFingers Posts: 2

    This is a horrible idea. It would make more sense to ask for donations every once in a while and ask nicely than block content. The Dispatch should take a cue from the various city 'Patch'es or Berkeleyside.com and become a newsblog supported by local advertisers and community donations.

    If people were forced to pay for content on CNN, Engadget, MercuryNews, Gizmodo, etc. there would be MASS HYSTERIA. Or people would just not read them, which will no doubt happen here.

     
  • OldTimeGilroy posted at 6:51 am on Sat, Sep 29, 2012.

    OldTimeGilroy Posts: 168

    @Ms_Spelling

    "Guys, get a grip. When you signed up for an alias (screen name), you gave them your e-mail address. Remember?"

    Quit being logical. You're scaring the Amen Chorus.

     
  • Heather posted at 1:01 am on Sat, Sep 29, 2012.

    Heather Posts: 1

    I will go online and read www.gilroypatch.com

     
  • Ms_Spelling posted at 7:53 pm on Fri, Sep 28, 2012.

    Ms_Spelling Posts: 135

    Guys, get a grip. When you signed up for an alias (screen name), you gave them your e-mail address. Remember?

     
  • Gilroybighouse posted at 6:10 pm on Fri, Sep 28, 2012.

    Gilroybighouse Posts: 46

    Why do you need my email address? I'm thinking you don't.

     
  • 1jmcg posted at 3:49 pm on Fri, Sep 28, 2012.

    1jmcg Posts: 3

    I'm guessing there will be some office/light industrial property for sale soon on the south end of Monterey St. No way I'd log in and pay to read this newspaper!

     
  • New Kid In Town posted at 12:47 pm on Fri, Sep 28, 2012.

    New Kid In Town Posts: 62

    Gee Wally, It's been a nice ride up till now.... Guess, I'll see you all on every other Monday, I won;t be paying a dime to this web-page.

    The SJ Mercury News tried this, It failed...

    Why do companies follow failed policies? I just don't get it...

    New Kid In Town... OUTTA HERE!!!

     
  • LiberalsRstupid posted at 8:19 am on Fri, Sep 28, 2012.

    LiberalsRstupid Posts: 294

    Famous last words from any Libtard... A nominal fee may be required...

     
  • LiberalsRstupid posted at 8:16 am on Fri, Sep 28, 2012.

    LiberalsRstupid Posts: 294

    You got your way though, you have figured out a way to rid yourselves of any dissenting voice. Liberalism at its finest...

     
  • LiberalsRstupid posted at 8:14 am on Fri, Sep 28, 2012.

    LiberalsRstupid Posts: 294

    The Gilroy Dogspatch is a joke of a Newspaper and even more of a joke with their online presence. Newspapers are a relic and are circling the toilet already so why not use the plunger, eh Dispatch? Seriously, how dumb are you people? You do the exact opposite of what reality dictates, no wonder JournOlism is on the rise and Journalism is dead...

     
  • DDub posted at 10:53 pm on Thu, Sep 27, 2012.

    DDub Posts: 34

    "As traffic continues to increase on the Dispatch website, the company has expressed interest in learning more about its readers."

    Such as information we can sell to third parties...

     
  • DDub posted at 10:49 pm on Thu, Sep 27, 2012.

    DDub Posts: 34

    OK, here's my email address that you can sell to spammers worldwide. Goodbye Dispatch.

     
  • JQPublic posted at 8:59 pm on Thu, Sep 27, 2012.

    JQPublic Posts: 12

    Lets see...
    Sign up to read an article, that may include a fee...
    The vast majority of Crime-Roy's news:
    Stabbings/ Gang shootings/ drive bys/ Record Meth busts/ kidnappings
    NO THANKS

     
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