We need subscribers to ensure the future of local news
We've probably never met, but we think it's safe to assume you're the kind of person who wouldn't walk into a convenience store and take a newspaper without paying for it.
Asking for unlimited, free access to our website is the online equivalent of stealing a paper from the store.
We can’t stay in business if we give our product away for free.
We've had a paywall on our site for years, because creating news isn't cheap or easy.
Today, if a reader accesses several articles in a 30-day period, we will ask them to subscribe to continue reading our work, regardless of which source they use to find our journalism.
Many people hit their limit early in the month.
At the Standard-Times — the building right downtown in the heart of the city — we employ more than 20 people, including a team of journalists who live in and love San Angelo. This doesn’t include the contract personnel who deliver the print edition each day.
These people work hard to bring important news to our audience.
This award-winning staff keeps readers updated about events in town, attends countless public meetings, and spends nights and weekends bringing you up-to-the-minute sports.
They request public records (and often fight for them) so you'll know what's happening in state and local government. They report on breaking news so you know how you can keep yourself and your family safe.
Salaries, newsprint, computers, pens, notebooks, smartphones and other reporting tools cost money. We spend thousands of dollars annually on criminal court documents alone. That's on top of hundreds we spent on open records requests and other measures to hold government agencies accountable to the public.
We travel to out-of-town sporting events to give our athletes the recognition they deserve, and follow the news where it's happening to highlight the accomplishments of our residents outside our city limits.
We can't continue what we do every day without support from our readers. And we value our work and our subscribers too much to allow others to continue to access the same content without paying.
Please know that any story vital to public safety in an emergency will always be accessible and free to view. We'll continue to support our community in times of crisis, but we need our community's support in the quiet times to continue to do so.
We consistently run special rates offering digital access at a discounted rate — often at a cost per month cheaper than the average order at the coffee shop. Check out our current special offers.
If you're not ready to subscribe today, please consider downloading our free smartphone app, where you'll enjoy more free articles per month.
And if you're a print subscriber — even a Sunday-only print subscriber — you already have digital access; you just need to activate your account at GoSanAngelo.com.
Our plan to sustain local journalism is dependent on our subscribers. Others will find ways bypass our paywall. But we hope you won't.
We've noticed folks sometimes post comments on the Standard-Times’ Facebook page with instructions on how to get around subscribing. We've removed those comments because they encourage stealing.
Others have started posting snippets of our articles or screen shots of our reporting into the comments. We remove those comments because that is copyright infringement, and it's illegal.
We want to make sure our forums are a place where readers can discuss and share opinions on the topics at hand, and we've removed some comments about paying for news because they are hampering this important discussion.
We understand some folks will no longer want to follow us on Facebook and will try to find their news elsewhere.
We wish them well, and ask that if they find a news source they like — whether that's the Standard-Times or another organization — they will support them with a subscription.
We all need your help to continue providing this vital service.