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We believe local news should be free for all to read, and that an informed community is more likely to be a wise community. That’s why you won’t find a paywall at the Tillamook County Pioneer.  

In our opinion, not only are paywalls for community news outlets bad for the community, they’re bad for advertisers. After all, if people aren’t reading, they aren’t looking at ads.

We agree with industry experts who say paywalls are a stopgap measure for print-based news publications attempting to make up for massive losses in print advertising over the last decade or so, and that at some point this will fail to bridge their revenue gap.

Yet another consideration involved the likelihood that at some point there would be news crucial for Tillamook County residents to know about – road closures, utility outages, God forbid an axe murderer on the loose. … Did we really want to keep that behind a paywall, or suspend the paywall temporarily and hope everyone caught on? Absolutely not.

…. So why, when we’re doing something new, should we even bother with a paywall? Exactly.
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We believe local news should be free for all to read, and that an informed community is more likely to be a wise community. That’s why you won’t find a paywall at the Tillamook County Pioneer.  

In our opinion, not only are paywalls for community news outlets bad for the community, they’re bad for advertisers. After all, if people aren’t reading, they aren’t looking at ads.

We agree with industry experts who say paywalls are a stopgap measure for print-based news publications attempting to make up for massive losses in print advertising over the last decade or so, and that at some point this will fail to bridge their revenue gap.

Yet another consideration involved the likelihood that at some point there would be news crucial for Tillamook County residents to know about – road closures, utility outages, God forbid an axe murderer on the loose. … Did we really want to keep that behind a paywall, or suspend the paywall temporarily and hope everyone caught on? Absolutely not.

…. So why, when we’re doing something new, should we even bother with a paywall? Exactly.

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