Your Chronicle continues to grow
THE move to start charging people for online news has had immediate benefits for the Fraser Coast Chronicle.
The Australian Regional Media masthead is one of the few in the country to have reported growing paid sales in the latest quarter.
The Audited Media Association of Australia figures for the April-June quarter combine for the first time newspaper and digital sales. The 7% increase on the same period last year reverses a trend of downward newspaper sales.
Acting editor Jordan Philp said people on the Fraser Coast were clicking on to the fact the Chronicle now had a dynamic website reporting news as it happened, and accepted that was worth paying for.
"We have put a lot of time and energy into making sure people in this region know what is happening first online."
He said the website was complementary to the newspaper, and print subscribers got free access to online news. ''You get the news whenever you want it online, backed up by more analysis in print," Mr Philp said.
"For a small cost you can access the Chronicle's website at any time of the day to get breaking news and the latest in what's going on in council, developments, court and event guides.
"The fact we have had such a strong response to our online subscription model is proof that our readers see incredible value in the content we provide."
A digital subscription model was implemented last year and is available for just $3 a week for a 12-week trial, including Saturday's paper home delivered. If you would like access 24-hour local, state, national and international news for the price of a coffee then head to www.frasercoastchronicle.com.au or call 1300 361 604.