Courier-Journal Changes Website, Preps Smartphone App
The Courier-Journal's paywall is now up. Visitors to the newspaper's website will now see a counter showing them how many articles they may read each month before they have to become paid subscribers. Full digital access is included in the price of a print subscription, and it costs $13 a month for those who don't receive the paper at home.
The paywall is part of the paper's new strategy to remain financially viable as the media landscape changes. Many other papers owned by Gannett have taken similar steps. Courier-Journal publisher Wesley Jackson previously told WFPL those papers saw readership online drop in the weeks after the paywalls went up, then rebound.
The paper will release a tablet-modified homepage and a smartphone application Friday.
Over the coming months, changes to news content will take place. The paper will have a split focus on watchdog journalism and lifestyle stories focused on personal finance and health.