Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Poughkeepsie | Doonesbury strips moved online

Following is a note to editors on New York's Poughkeepsie Journal website, about this week's Doonesbury comic strips; their subject is the recent controversy over a Texas law that forces women to have an ultrasound before they can get an abortion.

"This week’s Doonesbury comic strip deals with content Journal editors did not feel was appropriate for our family-oriented comics page. Substitute Doonesbury strips are being published instead. You may find the strips that were replaced on our website at www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/life."

The paper's circulation: weekdays, 26,247; Sunday, 38,366.

How is your site handling this week's strips? Please post your replies in the comments section, below. To e-mail confidentially, write jimhopkins[at]gmail[dot-com]; see Tipsters Anonymous Policy in the rail, upper right.


  1. When I went to the Journal's site, I was told that I had four free articles left before the paywall kicked in. I then viewed my options, which did not say how many free articles I get.

    First, I was greeted by this message:

    "We provide unique, local content to our community through the largest network of local journalists. And we continue to improve our coverage of the topics you are most passionate about, like how your tax dollars are spent, preserving and enjoying the mid-Hudson Valley's environment, tips for parenting, and an inside look at our schools — not to mention on-the-go commuter information, local arts and music, outdoor activities and a long list of things to do. Now our content is available on every platform important to you."

    Then I was presented with two subscription options: Full digital-only access to the web, tablet, smartphone and e-newspaper, all for $12 monthly. Or full access including home delivery starting at $12 monthly.

    All of this was promoted with a 30-second Poughkeepsie Journal video that (lamely) started with a paid pre-roll.

    The video, which featured reporter John Penney, didn't work when I clicked the play button, so I copied the embedded link and viewed it on another page. That, then, counted against my free article reserve!

  2. We're too chickenshit to run the weekly strips, so this is a moot point for us. God forbid we give the readers what they've asked for.

  3. If I click on the option to view the subscription rates for online services and opt not to continue, does it show that I was on the site and refused to purchase an option?

  4. The journal news is doing the same thing : substitute in the paper but "controversial" version online. Makes about as much sense as anything else aboard the Titanic.

  5. The Arizona Republic was too cowardly to run the Doomesbury strips.

  6. I have also been forced to go online to find this week's Doonesbury strips. Our local paper (non-Gannett) is not carrying them. It's really too bad because they are hilarious.
    I have four free articles left on the Poughkeepsie Journal site, so maybe I'll view the strips there for the rest of the week, and maybe I'll find someone without a firewall who has them.

  7. This is 6:56 pm.... I meant to say PAYWALL.

  8. In Louisville th C-J is running an editorial explaining the strip as "Timely Satire and deriding the "prissiness" of those chosing not to run strip.
    Doonesbury runs on op-ed page here.


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