The Vienna Times and Goreville Gazette have entered into the digital domain with the recent launch of their e-Editions and websites, which will host the publications full print editions as well as bring online sports photography, news and general information updated throughout the week.
TheViennaTimes.com and GorevilleGazette.com went live last week and already host a sampling of stories from previous print additions. The e-Editions went live two weeks ago and also host several past editions.
Many newspapers are now using online services like hostiserver.com to help preserve their history and allow easier access for their subscribers and other interested parties.
“The websites are still a little bit raw as we continue to finish testing updates and forms while the sites go live,” said Gazette editor Joe Rehana. “No content-based website is actually ever finished, because they are meant to be improved upon and grow over time.”
While the websites will remain free and open to the public for the foreseeable future, the e-Editions, which are every page of each publication as found in print, will only remain free and open until the end of June.
Subscriptions to the e-Editions are available as an additional cost to a print subscription, or available on their own.
“The e-Edition is a great way to get the paper delivered to your inbox instead of your mailbox and all at the click of a button,” said Scott Bennett, Dirxion national sales manager, the company behind the e-Editions online platform. “It’s a great way for people who have moved away and want to keep up with local news or a good gift to college students because its available on any web-based computing device such as smart phones, laptops and tablets.”
Current print subscribers to both The Vienna Times and Goreville Gazette will have available to them a free subscription to the e-Edition for the remainder of their current print subscription dates. New subscribers may choose between adding an e-Edition to their print subscription for a recurring payment of $7, or subscribe only to the e-Edition at Johnson County print subscription rates.
“We’re very happy to have launched our digital products and provide our customers with an alternative to the print edition,” said Vienna Times and Goreville Gazette publisher Lonnie Hinton. “The postal service has served us well and we look forward to continuing our relationship with them, but there are questions surrounding the future of the postal services ability to deliver small publications such as ours in a timely manner.”
Recent proposals in consolidating distribution centers such as the one in Carbondale has been a partial impetus for small print publications to seek out a digital alternative, said Hinton. The amount of time for a subscriber to receive a print subscription could possibly double if the closures occur.
“Post office consolidations isn’t the only reason to go online,” said Hinton. “The Internet has changed the way we receive our news, information and shared memories and we’re just looking at becoming a part of that evolution.”