InsideNoVa.com is adopting a new subscription policy in which frequent users who do not subscribe to one of the company’s print newspapers will be asked to pay a small monthly fee.
The new policy, which goes into effect Monday, Dec. 1, applies only to users who access more than 15 unique articles on the site per month. Obituaries, classified ads, event listings and certain other pieces of content on the site are not included in that count.
The InsideNoVa.com subscription fee is $4.99 a month. Paying subscribers to Prince William Today, Leesburg Today or one of the Sun Gazette newspapers will receive full access to InsideNoVa.com at no additional charge, but they will be asked to verify their subscription by using their last name and telephone number.
“Many news sites have gone in this direction,” said Bruce Potter, chief operating officer of Northern Virginia Media Services, which publishes InsideNoVa.com and five weekly newspapers in the region. “We are simply asking our heaviest users to contribute a little bit toward the cost of providing the outstanding content on which they rely every day.”
Users will see a small box at the top of each article that will tell them how many remaining articles they can read for free each month.
After reading five unique articles a month, users will have to register on the site with a valid e-mail address. Registration allows users to receive InsideNoVa’s daily and breaking news e-mail newsletters, to submit news releases and calendar events, and to post comments on articles. Once registered, users can read another 10 unique articles per month before the subscription requirement is triggered.
In lieu of the $4.99/month fee for full access, users can subscribe to home delivery of one of Northern Virginia Media Services’ weekly newspapers, for only $39 a year:
• Prince William Today
• Leesburg Today
• Arlington Sun Gazette
• Fairfax Sun Gazette, which primarily covers the Great Falls, McLean, Oakton, Tysons and Vienna areas.
The online subscription fee does not apply to InsideNoVa.com’s app, which is still available for free in the iTunes store and for Android devices.
A digital, PDF-style edition of Prince William Today is also available for $19 per year, but that does not include full online access. Digital editions of the weekly newspapers are available for free online.
Click here for a complete FAQ on the new subscription policy.