Spotlight launches e-edition, moving to website paywall
Online readers of the Spotlight may have noticed our website has changed.
We are moving to a metered paywall system for our website, www.spotlightnews.net. Essentially, access to our site remains free for up to three stories per month. After the third story accessed within a given month, a modest fee is required to access additional stories. The three-story meter is reset at the beginning of each month.
But the full access online users have enjoyed for the past decade is easy to obtain. Subscribers to our print edition are provided free and total access to the website (an in-county year's newspaper subscription is $30). We are also offering full-access, web-only subscriptions for just $20 a year, about 6 cents per day. We also have single-day full-web access for just $1.
At this point, we are in the early stages of the transition. The paywall will not go live until Monday, Dec. 17.
During this transition, while on the website, a prompt will ask you to create an account. It requires just your email address and a password for you to access your account. If you are already a subscriber, some additional information is requested to set up your free web account.
We are also excited about soon offering an "e-edition" of the Spotlight. While our website includes many of our stories from every newspaper, the e-edition will include the entire newspaper in a format easily viewable on all devices.
Look for an announcement on the launch of that option soon.
For more than half-a-century, the Columbia County Spotlight has been providing news about the people, places and events in Columbia County — with special emphasis in Scappoose, St. Helens, Warren, Columbia City, Deer Island and Sauvie Island. But in this modern, digital world, it's become increasingly difficult to do so. Our newspaper is a business like any other, with expenses and payroll to meet. Our product is the news we compile, our stories and information, and we cannot continue to give away the digital version of our product for free.
We are honored to have nearly 6,400 users visit our website, on average, every day, and 289,000 pages viewed per month — and our web traffic continues to steadily grow. We are asking our readers to help us stay strong in our mission to serve them and our community by subscribing to our newspaper and/or website.