I’m looking for a few good subscribers.
Subscribers like Timnath’s Randall Black, who wrote me last week to voice his displeasure over the Coloradoan print edition’s narrower width after we transitioned printing duties from Denver to our new colleagues at the Pueblo Chieftain.
Subscribers like the Allens in Fort Collins, who called to let me know that they want to know the men and women of Colorado State’s basketball teams better, and that we should do a better job of letting them know how they can watch or listen to the Rams’ games.
Subscribers like the dozens who call me each week with home delivery or digital edition login issues, who often remind me of how many decades they’ve read the Coloradoan before reaching their wit’s end with a particular issue.
I’m no glutton for punishment — I just love hearing people talk about their passion for Fort Collins news, even when they think I’m ruining it.
Some subscribers’ support of the Coloradoan extends well beyond my lifetime, while thousands more have signed up in the last year alone. Regardless of the length of their run with us, I’m proud to work each day to meet their needs.
Today, as 14,000 of our nearly 23,000 subscribers get their Coloradoan in a digital format, I’d like to share a few updates on what’s new in our newsroom and at Coloradoan.com.
If you’re a subscriber, make sure that you’ve activated your digital access at coloradoan.com/activate to take full advantage of these features. And if you’re not yet supporting local news in Fort Collins, consider subscribing for as little as $1 for the first six months through our Presidents Day sale that runs through Thursday.
Visitors to Coloradoan.com will notice the words “for subscribers” pinned to a growing number of stories this year. From exclusive local sports and opinion content to our best storytelling and investigative work, we believe that supporters of the Coloradoan deserve more from us than the passing reader.
Roughly 25% of our online content has been reserved for subscribers since the start of the year. Any print or digital subscriber with an activated account will have full access to these stories and the exclusive videos, interactive graphics and additional photographs that enhance our storytelling capabilities.
Recent subscriber-only stories:
Welcome, Molly Bohannon
Molly Bohannon joined the Coloradoan in late January as our new education reporter. A master’s degree graduate of Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, Bohannon has jumped headfirst into covering the busy world of Colorado State University, Poudre School District and our area’s educational landscape.
From telling stories of how CSU is testing thousands of people weekly to tracking new cases of COVID-19 within PSD and the district’s response, Molly has hit the ground running.
Have a story idea for Molly? Reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Story commenting returns to Coloradoan.com
Tired of the toxicity of Facebook comments? Yeah, me too. That’s why years ago I shut down the Facebook-driven commenting feature on Coloradoan.com. We were spending more time pulling down profane or abusive comments than responding to constructive conversation — and this was well before COVID-19 and last year’s election ramped up the nation’s divisive rhetoric.
But this week, thanks to Gannett’s collaboration with the Coral Project, we’re rolling out an improved story commenting feature that will help us better engage with readers on Coloradoan.com.
From artificial intelligence that filters out vulgarity and flags potentially abusive language for moderators, to more self-serve items that help commenters keep things civil, the new system is all about helping foster constructive conversation.
Want to try it out? Click the “view comments” button at the top and bottom of stories at Coloradoan.com to see for yourself.
Track COVID-19 news on Coloradoan.com
Our online presence gives Coloradoan journalists a wealth of tools to help track COVID-19 developments in ways we can’t in print. If you’re a regular print reader, or someone who wants the latest on local impacts of the international pandemic, be sure to visit Coloradoan.com and check out these regularly updated features:
COVID-19 case tracker: Get the latest case numbers and updates from Larimer County and across Colorado, including interactive graphics that show case and death numbers over time and an interactive map of case and death totals from across Colorado. Our staff is updating these totals daily after 4 p.m.
Poudre School District case tracker: With PSD elementary schools back to in-person learning and secondary schools in hybrid learning, case counts within schools help determine who’s learning in class and who’s learning remotely. Bohannon is updating this tracker weekly to help show COVID’s impact on school openings and closures.
Coronavirus central: Holly Engelman is updating this story constantly with the latest developments, including updated vaccine information and need-to-know information about the pandemic.
It’s all about subscribers
Make no mistake — you won’t be able to enjoy all of these features without a Coloradoan subscription. In 2021, it’s clear that journalism needs to be a subscriber-obsessed business: Answering more of your questions, having honest conversations about our community and getting you the news you need to live your best life in Northern Colorado.
Whether you’re a longtime subscriber reading this in print or whether this is your first click as a digital subscriber, thank you. I look forward to serving you in the days, months and maybe even decades to come.
And if you’re not a subscriber? Maybe it’s time to find out what 23,000 of your neighbors and friends already know — that the Coloradoan is here for you, day in, day out, as your source of Fort Collins news.