Honolulu Star-Advertiser… You Are NO Wall Street Journal

Just over a year after the Star-Bulletin and the Honolulu Advertiser merged to become the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, today they announced that they are going to be charging for its online content almost as if it were a printed newspaper being delivered to your door.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser will begin charging for premium online content Aug. 3, joining an industry trend that has accelerated since the beginning of the year.

Subscribers to the print edition will receive all-access passes to premium online content at no extra charge. That will allow access to all website content and includes a new e-edition, a digital replica of the print edition. Star-Advertiser content can be delivered to a subscriber’s computer, iPad, iPhone or smartphone…

My guess is those folks that do actually subscribe to the paper… have been reading it online for quite some time now anyways.  But for those who do subscribe to the paper… may do so because they don’t want to read their newspaper on a computer screen.

This next statement is hilarious:

…Readers who want to forgo the print edition or live outside of the newspaper’s delivery area will be offered special rates to digital-only premium content on a daily, monthly or annual basis...

There are so many ways to get around this… how would the Star-Advertiser determine if folks started signing up through proxy servers in Timbuktu?

“We understand that news outside of what our local reporters generate can be had elsewhere and for free, but there are literally thousands of such stories each day,” he said. “Our professional journalists work through these each day to produce a lively, informative and entertaining newspaper each and every day of the year…”

Well I will say that at least those of us who give news out for free… do so because we enjoy doing it… not to make a profit at times… or suck up to the corporate world or sponsors at times.  I guess its time for local bloggers to step it up even more now.

…Nonsubscribers still will have free digital access to several areas, including breaking news, Associated Press stories, the website’s front page and section fronts, event calendars, Ho­nolulu Pulse, TGIF, photo galleries, blogs, classifieds, travel, obituaries and traffic, Francis said….

Pfft! well this is all we really want anyways!

…”Frankly, the newspaper industry should have adopted this approach 10 years ago, but the thinking was always on page views and unique site visits,” he said. “We all thought that, like in the print model, the more circulation you had or, in this case, page views, the more desirable for advertisers. What played out though is that people utilize advertising on the Internet much differently and the ad dollars never really materialized in any significant way.”…

I’ve been telling this to folks for years!

…Brady has been skeptical about charging for online content because it can reduce page views and make content less discoverable. However, he pointed to the Wall Street Journal, Consumer Reports and the Financial Times as examples of publications that have been successful at charging for online access…

All I can say is that the Star-Advertiser is NO where close to what the Wall Street Journal is.

You can read the entire article here: Star-Advetiser to Charge for Premium Online Content

This is almost as sad as the day that Oahu became a one paper island!

Kauai Chicken Trap Seller/Real Estate Agent in Wall Street Journal… Activist Bock and Cry Fowl

Dog, "Wot brah, beef!?!"  Chicken, "No, actually chicken." - Baron Sekiya, Richard Ha Caption Contest Winner

Dog, "Wot brah, beef!?!" Chicken, "No, actually chicken." Baron Sekiya's Caption on Richard Ha's Caption Contest

In February I blogged about the Kauai Resident who was selling rooster traps.

Last week, the Wall Street Journal featured him in an article entitled, “Tourist Learn Who Rule the Roost on this Lush Hawaiian Island

…Mr. Shumate, the real-estate man, says it’s about time the island did something. He recently started a business making rooster traps. He was inspired by frequent calls from new homeowners who wanted to know what to do about the roosters rousing them from their slumber.

“Who knew it would be the best closing gift I ever gave a real-estate client,” he says.

Mr. Shumate began making the traps for neighbors and now advertises them on Craigslist for $159. His first customer: Costco Wholesale Club, which was trying to thin the flock of chickens at its outdoor food court.

He’d like to see Kauai officials make rooster control a priority: “I see this as a real problem for tourism, prospective real-estate buyers and public health. If you can’t sleep, that is a health issue.”

You would think this is where the chicken crossed the road and lived happily ever after… right? Well the story isn’t over.

Mr Shumate emailed and told me to check out his blog, Hawaii’s Wild Rooster Blog, that he has created and an article that he posted in response to what has been happening since the article was published.

…To sum it up, some people are happy about the story and feel it will spark long overdue action on a county or state level to counter the feral bird problem in Hawaii. But on the flip side, I have also taken some heat over the story, as if it were my fault the story is true, lol! I see it like this. The story reported is true, like it or not. For the handful who don’t like it, they should direct their energy toward fixing the problem, not covering up the issue as if it didn’t exist! Furthermore, if these individuals are really concerned about a loss of tourism and blame the story for repercussions, they should look back on themselves as they never called for administering responsible control over an obvious problem way back when. Truth is, I would love to honestly be able to tell future clients that the feral bird issue is on the outs, but at the moment, its not. The feral bird issue has never been a deal breaker for any of my past clients (unless a direct neighbor is caging a slew of birds), and I certainly am not in the business of misrepresenting circumstances to clients. With that said, I have no regrets in confirming the fact that Kauai and other islands do have a feral bird issue upon being asked. I said what I said in hopes of grabbing the attention of our county or state to act on funding a start up program that would finally give residents, businesses and visitors some relief…

You can read the rest of his post “When Opportunity Knocks (WSJ)” and the follow up to the article “Ann Zimmerman of the Wall Street Journal Agrees to Follow Up Story…

Here is the picture of the trap that I showed in my initial blog on this back in February. I don’t know if they have changed.