It’s been quite an eventful week at the Idaho Press, as we announced last week that the Idaho Press has purchased Boise Weekly, a well-known and well-respected alternative weekly newspaper based in Boise.
This is part of our push into Ada County and provides yet another reason for our readers to subscribe to the Idaho Press.
The Boise Weekly office, at 523 W. Broad St. in downtown Boise, will also serve as our official Boise bureau. If it’s not up already, the Idaho Press sign will be placed on the building soon right alongside the Boise Weekly sign. Based in the Boise office will be our Boise bureau chief, Betsy Russell, along with our Boise City Hall reporter Margaret Carmel, Ada County government reporter Xavier Ward, Ada County cops and courts reporter Tommy Simmons and Ada County sports reporter Brandon Walton.
I’m selfishly happy to report that Sally Freeman, who has owned Boise Weekly since 2001, will stay on as publisher. I’ve known Sally for many years, going back as far as 2006, when my wife, Nicola, and I first moved to Idaho to buy the Kuna Melba News. Because Nicola and I were new weekly newspaper owners, Andy Hedden-Nicely, who started Boise Weekly in 1992, arranged a lunch with us, Andy and Sally. She and Nicola particularly have stayed in touch, and I know that Sally provided a great deal of strength and kick-butt inspiration to Nicola as publisher over the years. I am excited to be finally working with Sally.
We have no immediate plans to change Boise Weekly, which seems to be common refrain of concern the past week. Of course, over time, we’re sure there will be changes and evolution, just as Boise Weekly has changed and evolved over the past 20-some years. But we’re not coming in and changing or undoing the great work that Sally has put in.
Something else new that you may have noticed on our website, starting Monday, some of our news stories on our website will be available only to those who subscribe to the Idaho Press.
Our reporters work hard bringing you stories about the community and the government agencies that affect your daily lives.
For those stories that you can’t really find anywhere else, we are going to be requiring readers to be subscribers in order to read them.
If you’re not willing to pay $10 per month for a subscription to the Idaho Press, hey, that’s fine. Personally, I think you’re missing out on a lot of important news stories that you’ll really need to be an informed citizen. But if you don’t want to subscribe, you don’t have to. It’s OK, I’ll understand. Just please don’t call me up complaining or post on our Facebook page that you can’t read our stories anymore. If you don’t subscribe, you don’t get the work product. Simple as that.
I saw someone post on social media the other day complaining that they had to take a survey to read an article. A journalist responded that surveys are one way to generate revenue, and journalists deserve to be paid for their work. The complainer responded by saying, “If journalists deserve to be paid, shouldn’t the employer be paying the journalist?” The complainer clearly doesn’t understand that in order for employers to pay the journalists, they have to receive money from somewhere. Even though news stories seem to just magically appear these days, unfortunately, money does not just magically appear. That’s why we’re asking our readers to pay us $10 per month to be a member of the Idaho Press. For that $10, you get full digital access and you get home delivery in Ada or Canyon counties. I’m hoping that many of you become addicted to the morning routine of reading the printed product.
Some of the content on our site will still be free, such as obituaries, classifieds and news from beyond the Treasure Valley, but starting Monday, articles marked with a key icon will require you to be a logged-in member. If you aren’t a member, you’ll still get one free key story every 30 days.
Stay tuned for more announcements. This is just too much fun.
Scott McIntosh is the editor of the Idaho Press. Call 208-465-8110 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.