Print version, online, or both? Stay informed with the Advocate


The inbox for the North Georgia Advocate has been more active than usual these past two weeks. Since the introduction of the online version of the Advocate earlier this month, questions have been steadily flowing in.

Yes, you can have the online version of the North Georgia Advocate automatically e-mailed to you. (Sign up at

Yes, it is free.

Yes, we will continue to publish the print version of the Advocate twice each month.

We have received a great deal of positive feedback since the Advocate become available online. We are feeling the love. We are grateful. Various readers have expressed their appreciation and indicated their preference for receiving news electronically, rather than print.

But some longtime readers have indicated their surprise that we are offering the Advocate online, for free, while continuing to charge $25 for an annual print subscription ($23 for seniors).

We explain it this way:

1). Printing and mailing a newspaper is not cheap. We charge a subscription to recoup some of the expense of delivering a newspaper for all the people who prefer a print product.

2). It is our mission to keep the 350,000 United Methodists in North Georgia informed on news and events across the conference. Offering online subscriptions for free allows us to reach the widest possible audience.

Some people wonder: Will the online version, offered for free, put a significant dent in the Advocate’s paid print subscriptions? Time will tell. But in any event, offering the Advocate online helps prepare us for the future as the official news source of the North Georgia Conference.

The Advocate will continue to produce its normal print edition, publishing the first and third Friday of each month in conjunction with the United Methodist Reporter. The online version of the Advocate also will include a link to a PDF of the corresponding issue of the UM Reporter.

In addition to making all news content available on the Internet, the online edition of the Advocate allows archiving of all news, stories and features, such as Bishop Mike Watson’s column and Sunday school lessons. It will also make all the content in the Advocate searchable.

The print edition of the newspaper continues a tradition that began more than 170 years ago, with publication of the first Wesleyan Christian Advocate. The WCA, which covered both the North and South Georgia Conferences, published its final edition in May 2009. It was replaced by two papers: The North Georgia Advocate and the South Georgia Advocate.

The North Georgia Advocate has a paid circulation of approximately 4,000. To subscribe to the print edition, call 1-877-465-1685 or go online:

Glenn Hannigan is the editor of the North Georgia Advocate. You can e-mail him at: