Every so often we get questions about why a story cannot be found online. The fact is, we do not post online every news story we print.
Every day we choose a selection of six stories from the newspaper and we post them online. Three of those stories are “briefed,” which is to say, we only post the first few paragraphs of the story -- the basic info.
Why do we do this? There are two reasons. The first is that it’s expensive to gather news -- real news, not the cheap opinion of bloggers and 24-hour “news” channel hosts. We can’t afford to just give it all away. We do, obviously, offer a complete digital copy of the newspaper and all the stories in it online in the “e-paper” as a convenience to our subscribers.
The second reason is that we see the website and newspaper as two different, complementary news sources. The web is immediate, not tied to our printing and delivering cycle, but it’s not a very comfortable way to read long stories. So we try to get the basic facts out there with our selection from the paper and we try to keep it updated with breaking news as it develops throughout the day, every day. We try to pass on “what we know, when we know it.” And we try to take advantage of the opportunities unique to web by offering news on video…