What are newspapers going to do about the Internet?
It’s a question nobody’s quite answered yet — at least in a way that provides a sustainable business model for the future.
Here’s the thing: We’d love to give you everything we’ve got and never charge you a dime. But doing what we do — researching the stories that matter, capturing excellent images, delivering it to you either in print or on the Web — none of it comes free.
So what’s the answer? We’d like to find out.
Our hope is that this site might become a model for how small-town papers like us can use the Internet in a way that works both for readers’ needs and for the balance sheet. We want to use it as a tool to bring you, the broader online public, all the latest news from Oxford in handy little doses. It’s the basic facts without a lot of detail, yours for free.
Meanwhile, through an online viewer that replicates each day’s print edition, we want to give you the ability to access the complete newspaper — every brief, every caption, every advertisement — in a way that may better suit your lifestyle if you live out-of-town, travel a lot or just love your Kindle. And in a format that lets you search more effectively than thumbing through that file of clippings in your drawer.
We want you to enjoy this site. We want you to be able to quickly find what you’re looking for. We want your life in Oxford, or your next visit to our fair city, to be a little richer for the stories and information you’ll find here.