Like most consumers of news, I run into paywalls on the regular. Some have prompted me to act, while others have me waiting out that 30-day timer until a new batch of free stories. But subscribing to your hometown paper? That's a no-brainer.
Let's dig into five reasons it's time to make the most of a Journal Star digital subscription.
1. Digital subscriptions are affordable
Cheaper than a sandwich. Less expensive than that streaming service you pay for. You may spend more each day just burning gas driving to work and back. I could go on and on, but I'll make it simple: $1 for 6 months for new digital subscribers and $7.99 afterwards.
2. No one else knows more about Peoria
In our river city, you have choices when it comes to your media diet. But the Journal Star is tops when it comes to experience, knowledge and analysis. It takes hours and hours of reporting, photography and editing to produce this meaningful work. Subscribing to the Journal Star supports these efforts.
A few powerful examples just from the past year:
7 things to know from our series on housing, education, food deserts in South Peoria by the Journal Star staff
3. The e-edition online comes with paper-like qualities and features
In an age of instant information, there's something to be said about waking up each morning and getting a digest of all that you need to know for your day. Flip through our virtual pages with the eJournal Star – a digital replica of our print edition: e.pjstar.com.
Not only is the current day's edition available, but you also have access to the past 30 days as well. Bonus content from USA TODAY helps round out this digital value.
Are you someone who keeps a tablet in their hands most of the day? We have both Apple iOS and Android e-edition apps available to download. These apps even let you read the paper while without an internet connection.
And if you're someone who heads directly to the crossword or Sudoku puzzle, the eJournal Star allows you to print them and fill out with a pencil (or pen, if you're brave.)
4. Thoughtful alerts with our breaking news app
If you crave to be in-the-know, our breaking news app is just the ticket. It features all of our stories, from news to sports to opinion to photo galleries. Don't have time to read something now? Save stories to a queue for when you have a moment later, or share one to a friend or family member.
We won't bombard you with a buzz in your pocket on every traffic accident, either. Our alerts are chosen because they're the top stories of the day – or are significant breaking news.
Finally, an added bonus for subscribers: You can read stories from other USA TODAY network newspapers – for free. Scroll down until you see a button labeled "Choose Publications" to pick up to five other papers from across the country to see in your Top Stories feed.
5. As a print subscriber, you can access stories when traveling outside of Peoria
For those who still prefer the traditional print product, there's even more incentive to use our digital products – it's complimentary. Away on business or wintering in Florida? This is the perfect companion to having your print delivery held. Don't have your digital access linked to your print subscription yet? Here's the link to check it out: cm.pjstar.com/account-activation/.
This article originally appeared on Journal Star: A Peoria Journal Star digital subscription is essential for 5 reasons