It’s a question that has come up a lot– on our Facebook page, via email, and in the comments. Now it’s a question that i’d love to answer publicly with more context. To quickly summarize, The Ridgecrest Register is not a newspaper, it is a new type of publication focused on collaborative community journalism.
The internet has played a substantial role in changing the news industry over the last decade. Many local publications across the country are now owned by huge million dollar conglomerate companies that are focused on turning a profit and increasing value for the owners of the company. While employees working for such news organizations have the best of intentions in many cases, the corporations themselves exist primarily with a goal to turn a profit. In many cases, this is reflected in a terrible news experience — where visitors are forced to pay to read content or are inundated with a significant amount of ads.
If you surf the internet for some of the leading publications across the country (Such as the Boston Globe and the New York Times), you will likely encounter a message that requires you to pay to view content. Many publications cannot justify providing news and information for free and in many cases the publications are littered with advertisements.
The Ridgecrest community is already served by the Ridgecrest Daily Independent (Which is owned by GateHouse Media which is owned by New Media Investment Group which owns dozens of publications across the country and is valued at $744 million dollars as of this posting) as well as Ridgecrest News Review which is an excellent source of free news information. There are also other publications such as High Desert News.
The Ridgecrest Register is different. We are not a news publication – we are an online community journalism platform. We exist so that you can share your opinions and views with others in this community. Therefore we can provide free content with very few ads and we can ensure that absolutely every post is hyper-locally focused specifically for Ridgecrest.
Thank for your the support so far. We have a lot more in store for this community! Be sure to subscribe by visiting http://ridgecrestregister.com/subscription (We now have 100 subscribers!) To help us grow and increase our reach, please consider contributing an opinion or viewpoint on a local happening. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. We already have quite a few interesting posts and topics lined up over the next couple weeks.