THE WHITSUNDAYS EDITORIAL TEAM: Regional editor Gregor Mactaggart, Monique Preston, Claudia Alp, Georgia Simpson and Kyle Evans.
THE WHITSUNDAYS EDITORIAL TEAM: Regional editor Gregor Mactaggart, Monique Preston, Claudia Alp, Georgia Simpson and Kyle Evans. CASSANDRA JEWSON

Valuable local journalism costs less than a coffee

THE Whitsunday region's five-strong editorial team is the region's most dedicated news gathering unit and we have a commitment for you: if it happens here, you'll know it first with us - because we're for you.

It's a pledge we're happy to make as our three mastheads have a rich history serving the communities of Bowen, Proserpine and the Whitsundays.

And as we move into a new era online, it's a pledge worth repeating.

Today we move to a Premium online digital subscription model.

Under Premium, you will see more articles with a rainbow coloured Plus sign next to them.

This means the story is available to subscribers only.

But any story without a Plus sign is able to be read for free.

To access subscriber-only content, we're inviting you to subscribe to The Whitsunday Times Unlimited.

It's worth highlighting the compelling value you'll get with The Whitsunday Times Unlimited.

As well as unlimited access to Whitsunday Times, Whitsunday Coast Guardian and Bowen Independent content across all devices, you also get full access to the Whitsunday Times digital print edition and to our app, which is essential for users wanting the best experience, allowing you to sign up for the latest breaking news as well as follow topics of interest to you.

Your subscription also gives you unrestricted digital access to The Courier-Mail, our State's leading metropolitan site, including full access to the digital print edition and to The Courier-Mail app.

It also gives you unlimited access to stories across the wider News Corp Australia network, including The Daily Telegraph, Herald-Sun and other news sites.

The +Rewards site is a special members-only club included with your subscription. Members get access to free tickets, discounts and benefits worth hundreds of dollars a year.

Rewards include free eBooks curated by Harper Collins and Harlequin, 12-month digital magazine subscriptions to several titles, ticket giveaways to major sporting matches and discounted tickets.

And the rewards are updated each month.

We're making this change because serious journalism costs money.

We believe local journalism is critical to the ongoing prosperity of our region. We are keeping The Times print edition free for home delivery, but the number of readers voting with their fingers and reading more online - our page views have doubled in less than a year - has forced us to reconsider priorities.

More stories than the paper can hold are online. There is great video, audio and interactives done by experienced artists.

And for the price of a cup of coffee, you can join the tens of thousands of readers each week who access our Premium stories on the Whitsunday Times online.

They do it because they're proud of their local community.

From the Whitsunday islands to the streets of Airlie Beach, Cannonvale and Jubilee Pocket, across to Proserpine, Collinsville and north to Bowen.

No one cares more about the Whitsundays than us. We're for you.

For those unwilling to pay, you will still have online access to vital information, such as weather warnings, road closures, missing children reports and other issues where public safety may be at risk.

Classifieds and real estate listings online will also remain free to access.

But the best stories about our people will be under the Premium banner.

To find out more about becoming a subscriber to The Whitsunday Times Unlimited for the introductory price of just $3 a week, simply follow the links on our website or feel free to call our friendly customer service staff during normal business hours on 1300 361 604.