Delaware Online will cost you
The News Journal will begin charging for full access to its
Delaware Online website on Feb. 7.
A long self-congratulatory
article published on the site and in the newspaper
included no details concerning the move, including how much it
will cost and how an electronic subscription will relate to a
The local company, owned by the Gannett chain of 82 daily
newspapers, becomes one of a fast-growing number of news
organizations that have decided to no longer provide a free
Internet version consisting mostly of articles which are offered
for sale in their newspapers. In recent years traditional
newspapers have lost both circulation and advertising revenue as
a result of their publishing company competing agaist itself.
The Sunday article claimed that the News Journal traces its
history back to the Delaware Gazette, which is recognized as the
first news sheet published in Delaware on a sustained basis.
Jacob Killen, a Wilmington printer, started it in 1785. Under
various titles and ownership, it continued until 1831. Actually
the current newspaper is an
amalgamation of three
newspapers -- Evening Journal and Every Evening and Wilmington
Morning News -- owned by feuding membrs of the Du Pont family --
Alfred I., Pierre S. and William -- in the late 1800s and early
1900s. They were combined into one company, owned by Christiana
Securities, the family investments-holding company, in 1933.
Gannett bought the company for $60 million in 1978.
Latest available information lists the News Journal as 89th
largest daily in the nation based on average circulation, given