Registration free daily newspaper sites?
August 23, 2006 3:34 PM   Subscribe

Please help me compile a comprehensive list of daily US newspaper websites that do not require registration and logins.

Unfortunately, both of my local dailies (Dallas Morning News and Ft. Worth Star-Telegram) require registration and logging in to view stories (if not initially, then after a brief day or two period). I've got a login with both of them and that works fine, but it's pointless for me to send links to people or post them to websites (yeah, I know, bugmenot blah blah, but that seems to have a pretty low success rate and not everyone knows about it).

So, please help me compile a listing of sites like the Seattle PI, LA Times, and Houston Chronicle that are forever registration free. Thanks.
posted by Ufez Jones to Media & Arts (20 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
 
This report surveys the top 100 US newspapers (by circulation) and includes statistics about how many require registration. (23% require registration.)

The PDF file includes the list of newspapers surveyed, but unfortunately does not seem to include the raw data (e.g., which individual newspapers require registration).
posted by mbrubeck at 3:49 PM on August 23, 2006


I thought the LA Times did have registration? I could swear I've followed blog links to their stories that I couldn't read. And they're listed on the most popular list at bugmenot.
posted by smackfu at 3:50 PM on August 23, 2006


San Francisco Chronicle
posted by jamaro at 3:53 PM on August 23, 2006


There are thousands of daily newspapers in the US. You realize this, right?


Anyhow, here are a few I know off the top of my head:
The Daily News, of Longview, Wash.
The Herald, of Everett, Wash.
The Columbian, of Vancouver, Wash.
The Statesman Journal, of Salem, Ore.
The Gazette-Times, of Corvallis, Ore.

No registration required, but does want your zip code, age and gender:
The Oregonian, of Portland, Ore.
The Times-Picayune, of New Orleans.

Any daily newspaper in the Lee Enterprises chain is likely to be registration-free.

I think the same is true of Gannett.
posted by croutonsupafreak at 3:56 PM on August 23, 2006


The Buffalo News
posted by Kellydamnit at 3:57 PM on August 23, 2006


I thought the LA Times did have registration?

Shit, you're right. I just kind of assumed they didn't because I was reading an article there earlier and there's *no place* to log in on the front page(?!). Sorry 'bout that.
posted by Ufez Jones at 3:58 PM on August 23, 2006


The LA Times is not registration-free. They share a registration system with the Chicago Times.

The Seattle PI, Houston Chronicle, and SF Chronicle are all owned by Hearst Corp. One presumes it is Hearst's policy not to have registration on their newspaper websites.
posted by jellicle at 4:01 PM on August 23, 2006


here are some newspaper lists (via).

I don't know if anybody has recorded which of all these require registration.
posted by MonkeySaltedNuts at 4:01 PM on August 23, 2006


This comprehensive list of newspapers from the UNCG Library notes which sites require registration.
posted by mbrubeck at 4:10 PM on August 23, 2006


You are aware that you can make a reg-free link to a NY Times article using this page right?
posted by Rhomboid at 4:44 PM on August 23, 2006 [1 favorite]


I'm pretty sure that the St Petersburg Times does not require registration for any of their articles.

http://www.sptimes.com/home.shtml
posted by willmize at 4:45 PM on August 23, 2006


The Asbury Park Press of Asbury Park, NJ

(Covers a lot of stuff that happens in NY and PA, too.)
posted by CrayDrygu at 4:47 PM on August 23, 2006


There are thousands of daily newspapers in the US. You realize this, right?

Well, yeah, so I guess "comprehensive" is a bit strongly worded. I just would like to be able to compile a list that spans the country in my Bookmarks. Thanks for the helpful suggestions, though.

This comprehensive list of newspapers from the UNCG Library notes which sites require registration.

That's a great (and very hard on the eyes) link. It does note quite a few that require registration, but it's either out of date or not entirely accurate, given a quick audit I did with it. It should be a great help, though. Thanks.
posted by Ufez Jones at 5:00 PM on August 23, 2006


Neither the Detroit Free Press nor the Detroit News require registration.

Historically, the Freep was left of centre and the News was right, but since the JOA, there isn't any difference between them.
posted by QIbHom at 5:07 PM on August 23, 2006


You can also google keywords of the news item and check Google News. The vast majority of the time, I find that the links they provide do not require login. I also do this when goddamn CNN.com has a news story that is ONLY available in video (at work, can't view). Google always points me to at least 4 other sources for that same story, in text.
posted by peep at 5:28 PM on August 23, 2006


I also recommend Google News. Shows news stories, then a list of the story at different news sites. Also, it will usually tell you in the link if a certain site requires registration.
posted by nbSean at 6:39 PM on August 23, 2006


there ought to be a list on Wikipedia.

(that's "ought" as in "in an ideal world", not as in "probably")
posted by niloticus at 6:47 PM on August 23, 2006


I will second the St Pete Times, and also compliment them that things I've blogged 4 and 5 years ago, still work.
posted by baylink at 6:51 PM on August 23, 2006


Two more, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and (very right-wing) Tribune Review.
posted by Dreama at 7:12 PM on August 23, 2006


The Lawrence, KS Lawrence Journal-World is registration free, and a pretty innovative site for a relatively small community (circulation is ~20K).
posted by cosmonaught at 8:11 PM on August 23, 2006


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