Mudgee Guardian boosts local coverage with new subscriptions

The Mudgee Guardian has announced plans to boost its online local journalism in the Mid-Western Region 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 Mudgee Guardian’s team of Mudgee region-based journalists led by editor Benjamin Palmer.

You get five free stories to read per month before needing a subscription, then if you’re a first-timer, you can sign up for a month-long free trial.

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 Mudgee’s go-to news source, and have been since 1890.

“When I started in 2007 at the Guardian the world was a vastly different place, technology we take for granted now was still science fiction and social media has totally changed how we interact with our family, friends and news,” Mudgee Guardian editor Benjamin Palmer said.

The Mudgee Guardian has grown massively online since then and we will continue to bring accurate, exciting and engaging content to you in the form of news, sport, videos, podcasts and more surprises we have planned.

“With more and more of our readers connecting with us online, the introduction of our local news subscriptions will also 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 Mudgee region informed, entertained and connected,” Ben 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 Mudgee Guardian continue its mission to deliver the local journalism that the Mudgee region 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,” Ben said.

Mudgee Guardian 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.