Good journalism does not come for free.
For 175 years, our subscribers and advertisers have provided the funds necessary to make the Akron Beacon Journal informing, engaging and essential for our communities in Northeast Ohio.
On Tuesday, July 1, the Akron Beacon Journal will begin charging for online content on Ohio.com for nonsubscribers.
Nothing changes if you already are a home-delivery subscriber to the Beacon Journal. Your newspaper will arrive at your doorstep each morning as it has, and you will have unlimited access to Ohio.com on the browsers from your desktop, tablet or smartphone. You also will gain access to an online replica edition of the newspaper that can be viewed in your browser or on a free app from the iTunes or Google Play stores, depending on the type of smartphone you own.
What was just described is the total package of news the Beacon Journal offers delivered to you from the largest newsroom in Summit County.
If you are not a home-delivery subscriber but would like to be, we have two options:
• $19.50 per month for seven-day home delivery and complete online access.
• $9.99 per month for Saturday and Sunday home delivery and complete online access.
If you are not a home-delivery subscriber, you will have free access on Ohio.com up to a defined reading limit. If you exceed that limit, you will be asked to become a digital subscriber.
This is how it will work:
On Ohio.com, you can view seven articles each month at no charge. After seven articles, we will ask you to become a digital subscriber, with full access to our site. The cost for a digital-only subscription, which includes the digital replica edition of the newspaper, is $11 per month.
With this step, the Beacon Journal joins many other daily newspapers across the country, from the New York Times and Wall Street Journal to the Cincinnati Enquirer and Columbus Dispatch.
This is an important step that we hope you will see as an investment in yourself to remain an informed participant in your community.
Thank you for reading the Akron Beacon Journal, in all its forms.