The Western Advocate boosts local journalism with new subscriptions

HEADLINE NEWS: The Western Advocate is essential part of the Bathurst community.
HEADLINE NEWS: The Western Advocate is essential part of the Bathurst community.

The Western Advocate has announced plans to boost its online local journalism in Bathurst with the launch of new subscription packages.

The local news subscriptions coming soon to the newspaper’s website will offer unrestricted around-the-clock online access to all of the local news, sport, opinion and community information produced by the Western Advocate’s team of Bathurst-based journalists led by editor Murray Nicholls.

Full website access will include access to the latest national news and sport, plus lifestyle and travel updates, as well as the option to receive breaking news alerts and regular e-newsletters direct to your inbox.

“We are Bathurst’s go-to news source, and have been for well over 100 years. Over that time our journalism has proven its essential role in the life of our city and the region,” Mr Nicholls said.

“With more and more of our readers connecting with us online, the introduction of our local news subscriptions will allow us to boost our online journalism to meet the modern demands of the communities we serve.”

The launch date and details of subscription offers and prices will be announced in coming weeks.

“Through our new subscriptions, we will seek to foster greater community support for our local journalism which we know is deeply valued by our audiences for its essential role in keeping the Bathurst region informed, entertained and connected,” Mr Nicholls said.

“The tremendous growth of our online audience in recent years shows the value our community sees in our journalism. By subscribing for online access, readers will be helping the Western Advocate continue its mission to deliver the local journalism that Bathurst trusts.”

The refresh last year of paved the way for the introduction of subscriptions.

“Our new site delivers a better reader experience and convenient access to the latest local news via your smartphone, tablet and desktop,” Mr Nicholls said.

The Western Advocate is part of Fairfax Media’s Australian Community Media (ACM) regional, rural and suburban publishing business - a network of hundreds of newspapers and websites stretching into every state and territory.

Local news subscriptions for digital access are being introduced at ACM websites in Victoria and Tasmania and across NSW following the successful launch of subscriptions at local news websites in south-west NSW.