#1 Sep 19, 2008
I think it really sucks, they want to charge peeps for old news!!!
#2 Sep 24, 2008
Kudos to the Sentinel for dedicating time, money and staff to building a stronger online presence. To the few naysayers: take a look at all the other weekly publications across VA (the ones located in rural communities especially) and you'll see that the Southside Sentinel is breaking new ground.
The fact that their new site is built with a Content Management System (CMS) means articles and stories are NEVER deleted, like they were on the old website. Ten years from now that link you sent cousin Bob in Ohio about your son's football team WILL STILL WORK! The article will still be in their archives! I say: show me another small weekly paper that dedicates as much time and resources to producing multimedia content and maintaining a strong (up-to-date) online presence!
The few folks who are upset that they can't download the PDF paper for free anymore obviously don't know anything about business. I'm positive that offering the paper online for free as a PDF was damaging their print subscriptions. This is at a time where print subscriptions are declining and the print medium as a whole is on the downslope. I seriously doubt it would be sustainable to continue giving the paper away for free online.
Good job Southside Sentinel ... keep up the good work!
#3 Oct 18, 2008
Really? You miss the old one? Who is voting for that option??? No, the new site is not fantastic, but at least it's much better organized and feature-filled than the old design which was straight out of 1997. Huge improvement.
I do feel the PDF subscriptions are outrageously overpriced. 50 cents is all a print paper cost. I strongly doubt that covers the cost of printing the paper, or was at best break-even. How much does it cost to deliever a PDF? Fractions of a cent. Yet the PDF's are a more expensive subscription. Advertisers are still getting the same exposure because the ads are in the pdf just as they are in the print version. I would have been ok with charging for PDF's if they had been considerably cheaper than the printed product, however, more expensive? That's just nuts.
#4 Nov 3, 2008
I think it's great! There's so much more stuff. More color, Video.. It just seems a lot more modern and up to date than the old site. Oh, and most links stay put now. That's a BIG plus. That really makes it a real news site in my opinion. There's updates just about everyday lately.
Plus with the PDF sub, you can download old papers from years ago and you get the whole paper, not just what they feel like putting on the site. So I kinda feel like it's worth it.
It's cool checking in on my home town now.
#5 Dec 10, 2008
need a movie theatre
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