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#51 Nitixope

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Posted 08 November 2013 - 07:20 PM

For a longtime, when the login prompt popped up, if you closed it the article would return you back to the S-T homepage. Lately, if you close the login pop-up (when there is one), it lets you read the article.

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 01:42 PM

Just found my last 15 Dec 12 comment above referring to Fort Worth Star Telegram subscriptions Jan 04 2013 to Jan 3 2014..
 
Now its a year later 12 Dec 13 and got my subscription renewal notice the detached preprinted stub reads
 
Start Date 12/20/13    and the Senior rate remains unchanged from last year.

 

That's about 15 days short.  So I marked through the their date and included a copy of my last years statement.

 

Also the statement mentions something about Activating your household's digital access at  http://star-telegram.com/plus   ... guess that's the online flavor.  No extra pricing shown.  Maybe its built into the newspaper rate.


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Posted 07 August 2014 - 06:03 AM

I notice the paywall has been up for some time.  Appreciate that at least one on this Forum sometimes includes links to both the Star-Telegram and the Fort Worth Business Press on his single post regarding the same or similar news report (because FWBP does not have a paywall, yet.).

 

One thing I think is unfair Internet-wise on the S-T website:  There's no paywall barring links to advertising (wonder why?  Duh...).  Now, I'm not a newspaper sales--versus subscription revenue expert, but doesn't some of that advertising revenue adhere to S-T?  And, if so, why is S-T penalizing Internet surfers who want to read one of their news articles when that same reader may be indirectly subsidizing the on-line newspaper by responding favorably to a particular ad or two on the website?

 

One last observation on this point...you can freely pick up a discarded physical newspaper (even today's edition) and read articles, yet you're prohibited from doing it on-line because there's no such thing as a discarded newspaper there.   Except maybe the archives (but you have to subscribe to that, too!).



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Posted 07 August 2014 - 02:01 PM

I've noticed you can still see a line or two of the articles after the popup comes up. I just read the articles like that. The paywall sucks though. I prefer FWBP for its sorting anyway.

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Posted 19 September 2014 - 11:34 AM

Turn off Java in your browser settings.  Paywall pop-up won't load anymore but you'll need to turn it back on when you are done if you want other pages to load properly.



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Posted 23 September 2014 - 10:08 PM

The Star-Telegram contains so little news these days that more and more I find myself going to the Dallas Morning News for my local news. 

 

The Morning News coverage of the questionable votes by Wendy Davis while on the city council left me wondering why the S-T never mentioned it.



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Posted 02 October 2014 - 06:00 AM

Though not an IT expert, I'm guessing that the Star-Telegram's paywall is raised when you are Web-technically recognized as a return reader.  I've observed that when I go away for awhile and then come back to S-T, they'll allow me to access an article or two, then the paywall comes up.  Also, I've observed that if I use another Web browser, S-T will treat me as a new reader.  Of course others, such as your bank, may want you to verify your identity if you link onto them with a browser you haven't been using.



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Posted 02 October 2014 - 08:14 AM

Yes, I've noticed the same thing. At one time, the mobile version would redirect you to the paywall with a message saying that you have reached 10 visits in 30 days.

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Posted 10 December 2014 - 10:43 AM

Has anyone else noticed that the "Barnett Shale" blog on the Star-Telegram's business page has not been updated since August? There has certainly been a lot of news about that slice of the local economy and more news about about international trends that affect it. I am not sure if Jim Fuquay is still with the company (can't really call it a "paper" anymore with the evolving state of media outlets can you?) as the last post was by Steve Kaskovich, and since then silence. 

 

I would prefer to see the scope of the blog expanded to "Energy" and not just the Barnett. While the shale phenomenon is certainly an important local issue, there is also news to discuss about wind farms, solar developments, "grid" happenings, technical innovations, pipeline controversies, and international trends that do or will affect all energy users in the area. 

 

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Posted 10 December 2014 - 11:09 AM

I'd like to see it be about more than just the Barnett, but the powers that be at the S-T have historically only cared about the Barnett (and the benefits they've gotten from it).



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Posted 10 December 2014 - 12:11 PM

Just a quick scan of a few of those blogs tells me they aren't a huge priority for the S-T. The transportation blog hasn't been updated in 2 months and many of the most recent updates are just links to a podcast. The Texas politics blog has a couple of updates from November and none since the 20th. The sports blogs get regular updates, but those are mostly reruns of print stories. The only 2 blogs on their site that I find are updated regularly enough to be useful are the one dedicated to aviation and the DFW.com dining blog.

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Posted 11 December 2014 - 06:00 AM

Well it looks like the site has an all new design, you can see and read about it here

 

 

It looks... ok I guess. Better on mobile for sure. 



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Posted 11 December 2014 - 12:11 PM

I think it looks much, much better. It looks like a fairly modern website rather than a how-many-multi-color-dancing-ads-can-we-fit assault on your eyebones.

 

There is plenty of room for them to add the words "Fort Worth" to the banner.

 

How's the content? 



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Posted 12 December 2014 - 07:31 AM

I like the new website layout, too.  I'm guessing the paywall will remain lifted for awhile as a means of attracting readers, and also because it's the holiday season.



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Posted 12 December 2014 - 08:36 AM

I like it too.  It's very similar to the style and layout and many of the major news outlet websites like CNN and NBC News.  There's definitely no paywall for now, but I did notice that they offering online access for $1 per month.  I'm not sure if that's new.

 

One other change: I have been using the local news section on the AP app for the iPhone to read full stories from the S-T for free.  It was one way around the paywall.  Since the redesign, the full stories are now pared down to the first line in the article followed by a link to the story on the S-T site.  It was good while it lasted.



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Posted 30 December 2014 - 07:41 AM

When is a paywall "half" a paywall?  Or, more literally, a paywall that you can see through?  I've noticed that S-T articles can still be read but they are "veiled" by a blue filter.  I guess it's a paywall of sorts, or maybe it's like the amber traffic light before the light turns red.



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Posted 20 September 2015 - 09:50 AM

There seems to be a real problem with the Star-Telegram's news desk, at least for the online version. I have noticed for a few weeks that old news stories just stick around on the "Fort Worth News" page, up to a week or more after they have become irrelevant. Today the "Dump the Trump March Planned for Monday" was a featured story, even tough the event was last Monday, almost a week ago. The zoning definition story is 10 days old, as is the Police Chief Forum story. New items added seem to end up somewhere beneath the old stories... Is this just laziness? Has the paper laid off so many news employees they are unable to maintain the pages? Is this only for the online version? I am going to get a paper copy today to see if that is the case. 

 

Perhaps there is just a lack of "new" news in Fort Worth, but I doubt it. The coverage of local events and things that "should" be of importance to residents seems remarkably spotty and inconsistent. Is this a reflection of the readership? Do people just not care? I am not generally a conspiracy theorist but an uneducated public plays into the hands of a certain political / social mis-information element. Maybe there are not enough reporters left to uncover what is going on. It seems that about a third of the "news" items are sports stories. Fort Worth doesn't even have a professional sports team outside of an on-again off-again hockey presence, but sports has a higher profile than civic developments, local and state politics, development, business news... you get my drift.

 

Is there a reasonable online alternative that provides local coverage that is more up-to-date and more focused on "hard news" than the S-T? I look at the lead stories in the "Weekly" and while they are often in-depth and provide relevant coverage of important issues they are also interspersed with fluff and are necessarily selective in what is covered. The "Business Press" is poorly organized and hard to read, and I can't bear the editorials; highly slanted, almost as bad as the drivel spewed by S-T writer Richard Greene. What do other forumers do to satisfy their local news appetite.



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Posted 20 September 2015 - 03:01 PM

 

 

. What do other forumers do to satisfy their local news appetite.

 

KERA Morning Edition & All Things Considered. While they cover more Dallas stories, they always cover big Fort Worth stories, like the recent selection of a new superintendent.


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Posted 20 September 2015 - 03:57 PM

Another easy way around the paywall is to wait for the text to loads and then hit the stop button on your browser. The popup asking you to pay won't appear and you can read everything. It does not let you see pictures or anything however.

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Posted 02 April 2016 - 01:30 AM

I noticed yesterday that they have a new trick going. The log in screen for the paywall pops up when you go to the home page. If you close it, the page reloads and the pop up returns. Anyone else seeing this?

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Posted 19 June 2017 - 08:50 PM

I've noticed over the past couple of weeks that the paywall is back in force after mostly being gone since the November election (I think they advertised that it would go away in the interest of offering comprehensive coverage for everyone).  Gone is the login screen where you can somewhat read the article in the background.  There's now a hard redirect screen that takes you back to the homepage.  So far, I've been able to get to any article I want to see by accessing it via their Facebook page or searching for the story on Google News.






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