Visitors who want to read most stories on the Temple Daily Telegram’s website, tdtnews.com, will be asked to subscribe beginning July 15 when the newspaper discontinues allowing up to three articles per month to be read without charge.
“The Telegram is committed to covering our community and providing readers with an accurate, fair and comprehensive local news report,” Telegram Editor and Publisher Sue Mayborn said. “That is only possible with the active support of our loyal print and online subscribers.”
The Telegram has employed a variety of “meters” on its website in recent years. The threshold has gone from 20 “free” articles per month to 15, then 10 and then to three earlier this year. The website’s audience, which had more than 175,000 visitors in June, continues to increase — an indication of the strong interest in the local news being produced by the Telegram’s editorial staff. Still, technology makes it easy to bypass the three articles per month limit, allowing many people to read the local news without paying.
All print subscribers, including seven-day, six-day, weekend and Sunday-only customers, will have “full access” to the website when the paywall is fully implemented July 15. Customers will need to provide an email address to the Telegram’s circulation department if they have not done so already and then register on the site. The Telegram will be notifying active subscribers for whom the newspaper has emails with information on how to access the website.
Online-only subscriptions also are available with prices ranging from $3 for a single week to $90 for a full year.
Print and online-only subscribers will be able to read news stories and updates as they are posted, as well as the electronic replica of the print edition and more than 200,000 articles and photographs in the newspaper’s digital archive.
Some online content, including news headlines, traffic and weather alerts, special editions, advertising and paid obituaries, will continue to be available without charge.
The Telegram’s news department includes 21 reporters, photographers and editors. The newspaper has expanded coverage through FME News Service — a joint initiative with the Killeen Daily Herald. Together, the Telegram and Herald form the region’s largest news organization.