I’d like to save our newspapers and to save high quality journalism as much as anybody, but could they please change their system?
In the course of research, I can end up with snippets from a dozen or more newspapers and magazines. Each one wants me to subscribe.
Each wants my credit card number, which they will hang onto indefinitely. Each wants me to give permission to have that regularly charged. Indefinitely. They assure me I can change that. Experience has taught me not to rely on that, even if am prepared to take the time.
Each wants to send me too many emails.
Some are so determined they will not even accept pre-paid credit cards, not even registered ones, my solution for defeating recurring payments. Oh, and many have figured out a way to defeat the constantly changing expiry date. They have inveigled the banks into giving them that information!
In contrast, if I seek information in medical or science journals, I have the option to purchase one article, or to purchase access for one 24 hour period. Not so on the sites of our major newspapers. A few internet sites ask for one time donations, but the only newspaper I stumbled on that did that was The Guardian who politely suggested that I could, if I liked, donate. I did. I doubt they kept my card number. All they ask is the privilege of sending me one email in a year to see if I’d like to donate again.
I suggest to all classic newspapers that they copy The Guardian’s method. We do not read just one newspaper anymore. We read snippets from everywhere.