October 30, 2012

Eagle introduces digital subscription plan

Kim Nussbaum, Publisher
Sherry Chisenhall, Editor

It’s been nearly 16 years since The Eagle’s website came online in a small office behind our newsroom. – two weeks from its Nov. 18th birthday – was born as WichitaOnline with a tiny staff eager to find its way with an emerging news medium. Its editors waited until news stories were ready for print late at night, then manually coded each one for web publication. The site was generally updated about once a day, usually well after midnight.

Today, The Eagle’s news coverage is still available in print – as it has been for 140 years – and on, but is updated night and day, seven days a week. Our news and multimedia coverage are also available on multiple devices through our mobile site,, as well as on smartphone apps and in several versions of an e-edition – a digital replica of the printed newspaper – for computers and tablets.

As your news habits have changed, our journalists have changed with you. We’ve met you on social networks, live chats or some of our many blogs, such as Shockwaves, Air Capital Insider or Have You Heard. Or you’ve helped us with news ideas by joining our Public Insight Network.

In a typical week, 340,000 people in the four-county region read our news and advertising in print or on digital platforms. now draws the largest audience of any news site in Kansas, and The Eagle fields the largest reporting team in the community. That reach of our print, web and mobile platforms, combined with the depth and experience of our reporting team, helps us bring more in-depth coverage to more people than anyone else in our region – in whatever format they want it.

The flow and form of news have changed dramatically in a relatively small span on the long timeline of journalism. Technology has changed how you want news and information, and how we share it with you – and how you share it with each other.

So, too, has technology reshaped the business model that pays for the journalism and the ways we publish it.

Today, we’re announcing the newest evolution of The Eagle: Eagle+.

Starting Nov. 14, our digital news will become part of our subscription packages with the new Eagle+ plan. Our readers want more news on more platforms than ever before, and we’re introducing these new multiplatform subscription plans to give readers the news when, where and how they want it. In doing so, we join hundreds of news organizations across the country seeking the right business plan to afford readers the quality of news in the form they want it.

Print subscribers will continue to have free digital access until their current subscription renews. Regular digital readers who do not already subscribe will be asked to do so after viewing a set number of stories, depending on the type of device they’re using. Introductory pricing starts at $0.99 for the first month. An explanation of all print and digital packages and pricing will be available Nov. 14 at

Our platforms include a digital replica of the printed Eagle, called e-Eagle, that is easy to navigate and available on your computer or tablet. Our digital access plans will include the e-Eagle, plus our mobile site,, as well as our iPhone and Android smartphone apps.

Digital subscribers also will have access to content that is updated throughout the day and night at In addition to breaking news, our site offers videos, photo galleries, blogs, popular searchable databases, online commenting communities, opinion and live chats with reporters and columnists.

Over the next few weeks, you'll see more information about our changes. Look for more information on today in a Q&A with this story. Current print subscribers will receive more information, including rate changes for their particular subscription plan, by mail with their renewal notices. Until their renewal, access to our digital platforms will be complimentary for current subscribers who activate an Eagle+ account.

We welcome your feedback on Eagle+. If you have questions or comments, drop us a note at our Contact Us page. On Nov. 11, we’ll publish a Q&A in The Eagle and on with answers to the most common questions we’ve received.

We appreciate you reading The Eagle, whether you find us on newsprint,, our mobile site, our smartphone apps, your tablet or the e-Eagle. We’re headed into our 141 st year as committed as ever to bringing you journalism that earns your trust and makes a difference in your life and in our community.

For more information, please read our FAQ.

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