They may have done this a while ago but I noticed this morning that Northfield News apparently has ended its practice of requiring site visitors to have a paid subscription in order to access all the content of its website.
I don’t think they’ve announced this and their FAQ page, last updated in July of 2002, still says “Most of the content is secured so subscribers can see the full story when they click on the briefs shown in each section.”
On top of their recent release of some stories on their website in between print editions and their addition of an online comment box at the end of many articles, this is a very welcome change. It may be economically smart but more importantly, it’s a great benefit to the area’s civic blogosphere because area citizens and leaders can easily link to issue-related articles and discuss them anywhere. Kudos to publisher Sam Gett.