Print edition rates stay the same
tions will cost $14.99 a month. Print subscription rates will not change, and articles will still be available free to read on Statesman-owned websites including statesman. com and austin360.com. Information on pricing plans will be available at statesman.com/access. The newspaper plans to increase customer sup- port staffing during the transition.
News businesses have been searching for ways to monetize what since the dawn of the Web has been largely free: online news articles. But how to do that has been fiercely debated with some news organizations — including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and Dallas Morning News — erecting paywalls that require subscriptions to access some or all articles. Last week, news surfaced that The Washington Post is expected to introduce a paywall in 2013.
Cox Media Group has made no formal announcement about a timetable for paywall plans. Statesman Publisher Susie Ellwood said that the transition to more paid news models is “a work in progress.”
For now, Ellwood said, the apps and subscription bundles give customers more flexibility in how they get news.
“I think what we’re doing by improving the digital portfolio of products and including it in what our customers are paying for is exactly the right thing to do because our customers don’t just use one product,” Ellwood said. “They likely use a variety of them depending on where they are, what time it is and what their needs are. They may get up and read the print product in the morning, then jump on their iPad or computers or phones when they’re at