This is a discussion on Free Georgia Tech Football News Drying Up within the Georgia Tech Football forums, part of the Georgia Tech Sports Message Boards category; Originally Posted by Jim Hart Bottom line.. you either pay and know what is really going on with Georgia Tech ...
do agree about the online subscription model. i don't think it will end well for the print outfits who think it's the magic bullet to profitability. better off to stick with an ad-driven site, IMO. i just don't see how enough folks will subscribe to the model for it to sustain itself long term. guess we'll find out.
If I remember correctly, the AJC tried this several years ago. It didn't work then and I don't think it will work now.
Last edited by GT Man; 04-12-2013 at 10:47 AM.
People expect free information these days. The AJC would be smarter to follow the ESPN model, where some content requires a subscription but not all.
Until then, there's the Macon Telegraph
Georgia Tech | Macon.com
The reason why this crap ain't worth a nickel? I can go to practice and post my thoughts online. Link to FB or twitter. It gets shared/re-tweeted all over. You can hear stuff right from players on FB/Twitter. You can get FREE recruiting news from the guys who contribute to the pay sites by following their twitter feeds (not that it really matters until Jan-Feb rolls around) and so on. This is just the sports angle. Blogs and television are overtaking newspapers. People accept the bias online or on television whereas papers CLAIM to have "journalistic integrity" and the like. Newspapers are going the way of the dodo!
I've seen several other papers (places I used to live and still like to catch a glimpse of from time to time) try the pay route.......only to meekly return to an open read when the revenue from the subscription does not match the lost add revenue from the reduced number of eyeballs on the pages.
I'm glad we have ESPN3 and WREK with Beesball to get through the Spring. Summer will be a wasteland.
I stopped caring about recruiting two years ago when I realized that so many kids flipped to and from us in the last month before NSD.