A regional daily’s editor has told readers it will publish “important public information” regarding coronavirus for free – but its online paywall will remain in place.
But Mark, pictured, also confirmed the newspaper’s online subscription model is not changing after being quizzed on the subject by a reader.
At present, online readers of the News are entitled to five free articles per week following which subscription is required to view additional content.
Reader Scott Harris had questioned on Twitter whether The News would suspend its paywall for information regarding COVID-19.
In response, Mark wrote: “As a business we moved to subs last year and that is where we remain.
“However we will be providing important public information to readers through Facebook and our newsletters (just register on our site to get on the mailing list) which will not be behind the ‘paywall.'”
Mr Harris praised the response as “very helpful” and said The News had given “good information”.
Mark added: “Thanks Scott. Doesn’t get round the paywall but, as much as we highly value the content our trained and trusted team produce, we also have a duty to get important messages out further.”
HTFP has approached News owner JPIMedia for clarification on whether the News’ initiative is being followed across the group.
Earlier this month, Glasgow-based daily The Herald dropped its paywall for all stories about coronavirus.