Starting next Wednesday, Sept. 4, the website for the Paris Express will be accessible on a subscriber basis. Consequently, only subscribers to the paper’s print edition will have full access to the digital version of the paper, according to Vickey Wiggins, publisher of the newspaper.
By going to a subscriber-only system, the Paris Express is becoming more in line with the newspaper industry practices and, “as a staff we at the Paris Express believe our product is well worth paying for,” Wiggins said.
“Although the web edition of the Paris Express will offer many of the same things available in its weekly print edition, it stops short of being a true electronic edition of the newspaper,” Paris Express editor Pat McHughes said.
That’s because the web edition will not be a compete repetition of the weekly Wednesday paper. However, there will be more coverage of some things that there simply isn’t room for in the print edition, like state and national level news from the Stephens Media Group’s news bureaus in Little Rock and Washington, D.C., the editor adds.
The site will also allow for immediate coverage of breaking news and it will also feature many stories before they are available in print. Obituaries, for example, will also be available on the site as they become available.
Because any print edition deals with space limitations when it comes to photographs, subscribers are also certain to enjoy the expanded use of photos and the availability of video clips with some stories, Wiggins adds.
Also, because the website is now a true digital edition, it has been optimized for mobile users.
Current print subscribers can visit wwwparis-express.com to log into the site and create a password for access. Anyone wishing to subscribe to the print and digital editions combined or to the digital edition only can do so at the site or by calling 963-2901 during normal business hours.