For decades the Anchorage Daily News has been Southcentral Alaska’s No. 1 source of community news, commentary and shopping information. That has not changed. In fact, we reach more people in Alaska today than ever before. What has changed is how we serve you.
Years ago, we gave you almost exclusively a printed product. The digital age changed that. While on average an estimated 118,100 residents of Southcentral Alaska still start their day with our printed product, more and more of you want to access our content digitally. More than 1.4 million unique visitors access our Web and mobile platforms each month, and they read more than 13.9 million pages of content each month.
Now, through advances in technology and the restructuring and retraining of our newsroom, we bring you news and information 24/7 on your phone, tablet and laptop — and once a day in your printed newspaper and digital replicas.
Our digital platforms offer news videos, photo galleries, blogs, the opportunity to engage in real-time discussions about topics in the news and much more.
Regardless of how you want to read us, Anchorage Daily News journalists make their living giving our readers a fair, accurate and professional news report. They attend the meetings you cannot and investigate the issues that affect your lives.
Our goal is to give you the information necessary to make better decisions about life in your cities, towns and neighborhoods. We believe quality, credible community journalism has value, regardless of the way you want to receive it.
These changes also require a change in our business model. We no longer can expect advertising to support all these platforms and options, or for print subscribers to shoulder the burden.
More than 300 newspapers across the country currently charge to some degree or another for digital access to their content. The industry and our customers are starting to realize what our newsrooms produce has value, regardless of how it is accessed.
This is an important step toward preserving, for future generations, the foundation of a free press — our newsrooms.
Starting Dec. 18, the Anchorage Daily News will charge for unlimited access to all of our platforms, including the Internet and mobile applications. Occasional readers still can access our homepage and section fronts, such as local news, sports, features and business, but you’ll need a subscription to read more than 15 pieces of content in a 30-day period.
If you’re a current print newspaper subscriber, we’re giving you the opportunity to add full access to our mobile, Internet and digital newspaper for 60 cents per week or less, depending on your renewal length.
If you aren’t a current print subscriber, you'll have the option of getting a digital-only package including mobile, Web and the electronic replica of the print newspaper for $7.97 a month or $79.95 per year, or 22 cents per day.
New digital-only subscribers can start their subscription for as low as 99 cents.
Keep in mind that our website is not our print newspaper online, and our print newspaper is not our website in print.
People use them differently, and to stay connected to your community you’ll want to use them both, as well as our mobile and upcoming tablet apps.
Thank you for allowing the Anchorage Daily News to be a part of your day. We look forward to providing you all the local news you want when you want it and in all the ways you want it.
President and Publisher
Anchorage Daily News