AllOTSEGO Reborn As ‘Otsego County’s Daily Newspaper/ONLINE’

AllOTSEGO Reborn As

‘Otsego County’s Daily


Check Out World, National News,

Features Like Crossword, Dear Abby

Editors with ink in their veins thrill at the news that traditional books are rebounding (10 percent as of mid-2018) and Kindle appears to have peaked, and is now declining (3.8 percent).

Happily, Otsego County’s newspapers – the 211-year-old Freeman’s Journal and Hometown Oneonta, now 10 years old – are stable, profitable and ever-striving to serve the reading public, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

But is growing in leaps and bounds.

Since implementing a new strategy Oct. 1 – you may have noticed: when news happens, we post it! – traffic, annualized, has grown 50 percent – 50 percent!  That’s 592,716 users, 1,867,988 sessions, and 2,957,100 page views – in a county of 60,094 people and 23,627 households.

So as of 5 p.m. today, we relaunched as:  Otsego County’s Daily Newspaper/ONLINE, with the goal of giving readers everything you expect in a local newspaper, up to the minute and at your fingertips.

Effective at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, you can access all the breaking local news you now find on, plus world and national news, and such features as a daily crossword, comics (including color comics on Sundays), horoscope and Dear Abby.

Plus, for the first time, you will find all the material that appears weekly in Hometown Oneonta & The Freeman’s Journal – hard news, features, editorials, columns, letters to the editor, obituaries, great photographs.  The works.

To enable this, and   to keep adding features, enhancing content – mostly, expanding service – we are offering readers a chance to participate in the future of local journalism:  In Otsego County, certainly, but we also hope to establish a model that can be duplicated nationwide.

For the next two weeks, Otsego County’s Daily Newspaper/ONLINE will be available to you at no cost.

Then, for 99 cents a week – $12.87 billed quarterly via credit or debit cards – you will continue to have complete access to everything.

In anticipation of your support, two additional reporters have joined our staff:  Jennifer Hill in Oneonta and Patrick Wager in Cooperstown.

Jennifer, who moved to Oneonta last July when her husband, Matt Murphy, accepted a faculty position at SUNY Oneonta, had written on a wide range of issues for online and independent publications in Shrevesport, La., where she had lived for six years.  She has two master’s, in Russian Studies from Georgetown, and in Public Administration from Penn. The couple has a daughter, Alexandra, a sophomore at Oneonta High School.

Patrick is a Cooperstown native and well-known in the community.  A CCS grad, he also has two master’s, from St. John’s College’s “Great Books” program and in teaching from the College of St. Rose. Before and since moving back home from Washington, D.C., six years ago, he has held a range of positions, including as a web producer for WUTR-TV in Utica.  And he’s been a  substitute teacher in several districts.  He and wife Nancy Tarr have two children, Henry and Naomi.

Everyone at our newspapers pulled together to help make this happen, but special credit should go to Ivan Potocnik, the Father of as we know it, birthed in 2015-16 while he did double-duty as office manager.  He’s now lead programmer analyst at SUNY Polytechnic in Utica, but took on the essential technical end of this under-taking in his spare time.  Thanks, Ivan!

Yes, we see a business opportunity in this venture.  Yes, we see a chance to provide even more community service.  But there’s more.

You’ve seen the reports.  Many parts of our United States are becoming “news deserts,” served by no local news outlets at all.  Those of us here at The Freeman’s Journal, Hometown Oneonta and pledge to you today:  That’s not going to happen here.

But we need your help.

Go to now and follow the link to subscribe to Otsego County’s Daily Newspaper/ONLINE, and keep local journalism thriving into the future.


9 thoughts on “AllOTSEGO Reborn As ‘Otsego County’s Daily Newspaper/ONLINE’

  1. Anonymous

    Bravo Jim. Hope that you will be able to cover more of town board meeting throughout the county,government, the sun needs to shine on them. Then hopeful that citizens will pay more attention to local government if able to know what is happening with online news and with the the traffic numbers you quoted it appears folks are using this media!

  2. Bill Waller

    I think it is a good idea. News at 5 is great, but I hope you continue the “breaking news” during the day for very special stuff. Congrats and good luck

  3. Maureen Standish

    I really like this idea. I lived in Cooperstown for many years and appreciate this online site. It is my go to every morning. I now live in Grand Rapids, MI and like to keep in touch with happenings in and around the Cooperstown area. I also like to keep up with the news, obituaries, etc. in real time. I will subscribe my support.

    Thank you.

  4. Dylis Burdt-Barre

    I’ve been delighted that you were free, and was a bit concerned when I saw this announcement, but at least you are keeping it very reasonably priced, especially compared to the Star! We are away from NY for almost 6 months every year, so this is a great way to keep up with local happenings. But have to wonder… there’s a nice savings on a 6-month subscription, but virtually no savings on a full-year subscription. ???

  5. Carol Mandigo

    We are incredibly lucky to have such a talented and dedicated news team covering events in our area! I want to be one of the first subscribers!

  6. Steve Bieritz

    This makes sense. Especially since I get the “hard copy” and it’s always 2-3 weeks late in coming. Perhaps a subscription swap to the on line version? This would save you mailing costs!?

  7. ehn140ony

    Always look forward to getting our copy of Hometown Oneonta You are the best source of information about our Oneonta community and the surrounding areas and this new service will be so valuable. Thank you and continued success to your team.

  8. Elaine Nahman

    Always look forward to receiving our copy of Hometown Oneonta. It’s the best way we have to be informed of what is happening in Oneonta and the surrounding areas. This online service will be much appreciated. Thank you and good luck to your team

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