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Editor's note: Why some content will be marked 'For Subscribers'

Kim Morava
The Shawnee News-Star

The Shawnee News-Star has served area readers since 1894. And while a lot has changed in the way journalists gather and present news — and the way readers see our work — our commitment and journalistic mission remains unchanged.

Our experienced journalists are part of the Shawnee-area community. We live here, work here, shop here. We're covering our community like no one else can.

Whether our readers still get a newspaper delivered, pick one up at news rack or retailer, or log-in to the website to read the e-edition on a computer, tablet or phone, our work reaches readers in so many different ways.

Our business model needs paid subscriptions to help sustain local journalism, so that's why the News-Star will begin designating some of our work on www.news-star.com as exclusive Subscriber-Only content, which will be marked “For Subscribers.”

These are premium local stories you'll find no where else and that we can do best, such as explainer pieces, in-depth profiles and features, or other types of exclusively-produced news content by our journalists. That means you'll need to be a paid subscriber with a log-in to our website to view stories labeled "For Subscribers."

Even with this change, a lot of the local news content that readers are accustomed to seeing online, such as breaking news or routine local coverage, for example, will still be available and remain under the current website model that gives visitors multiple articles monthly for free before they are asked to subscribe.

If you are already a digital subscriber, you'll have full access to the premium content. If you're a print subscriber with home delivery of the newspaper, you also get unlimited access to this online content as well. To view "For Subscribers" content, you'll simply need to log in to the website or activate your digital account at news-star.com/activate. If you have any questions, please call customer service, (405) 214-3945.

To our current print and digital subscribers, we thank you for supporting our newsroom and the local journalism we produce.

If you're not a subscriber, we hope you'll keep coming back to news-star.com to read and sample our work. If you do that more than few times each month and get our paywall notice often, we hope you will consider becoming a subscriber for full access.

Right now, you can subscribe and receive unlimited digital access on news-star.com for just $3 for three full months —  just $1 per month. After that, a digital subscription costs about 33 cents a day.

Times may have changed in the business model of newspapers, but one thing has remained constant — our team of hardworking, dedicated journalists who remain committed to serving this community and our readers.

Kim Morava is managing editor of The Shawnee News-Star and has been on the News-Star staff since 1998. If you have any questions or comments, or have a story idea to tell us about, please email kimberly.morava@news-star.com or leave a message for call back at (405) 214-3922.