How to get the most out of your subscription to The State

The State newspaper building in Columbia, South Carolina on Sept. 17, 2019.
The State newspaper building in Columbia, South Carolina on Sept. 17, 2019. icueto@thestate.com

If you are reading this, you might have just decided to become a subscriber to The State. Or you might be a longtime subscriber, who — understandably — never got around to exploring everything you have access to. Either way, we’re glad you are here.

These are the many ways you can get more out of your subscription to The State:

Access all of the journalism you pay for

The first step toward getting more out of your subscription is to get online. As a print subscriber, you have full access to The State’s online coverage and other perks. All you need to do is activate your digital subscription by entering your last name, phone number and house number at thestate.com/activate.

Oh, and while you are here, you can also sign up for our new commenting platform, which was created to foster civil and constructive dialogue. The platform also allows readers to communicate directly with The State’s reporters on stories.

The day’s news, delivered straight to your inbox

The State’s editors and reporters curate a selection of top stories for our daily morning and evening e-mail newsletters. If you’re just interested in knowing about the most pressing stories, you can sign up for The State’s breaking news newsletter, too.

And if high school sports, politics or Gamecocks news is more your speed, we have newsletters for you, too. All of our newsletters are a free, quick and convenient way to stay on top of what’s happening in the community and in South Carolina.

If you’re a subscriber, you can also sign up for emails about rewards, perks and other deals you are eligible for just for being a subscriber to The State. See all of our newsletters at thestate.com/newsletters.

Take us with you everywhere you go

The State’s smart phone apps — one for all online news and one for GoGamecocks sports coverage — are available on iOS and Android devices. Find out more at thestate.com/mobile.

Once you have downloaded the apps, log in to your account by clicking on the three dots in the top right corner and selecting “Sign In.” If you wish to be notified of the latest breaking news, turn on push alerts for the apps.

Spice up your social media feeds with The State

The State is on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and TikTok (hey, teens), but we’ve also made it simpler to connect with specific communities of readers.

State politics buffs can request to join The Buzz on South Carolina Politics, a Facebook group run by The State’s award-winning politics and State House team. The Buzz is also on Twitter, at @BuzzAtTheState.

For all sports news, you can also follow @thestatesports on Twitter. Find University of South Carolina sports coverage on our GoGamecocks Facebook and Twitter pages. High school sports coverage is on Twitter via @MidlandsPreps.

And, of course, reporters and editors maintain social media profiles that are worth a follow if you want to know more about the reporting process and about who we are.

Like the newspaper, but better...

Do you know about The State’s eEdition? The virtual edition of our newspaper offers the predictability and nostalgia of turning a curated page of news but includes much more than the print edition. You will be able to read as many as 40 extra pages per day of business, entertainment, sports, features and national news, plus the local coverage you love. And, the eEdition can be accessed from any device, anywhere in the world at thestate.com/eedition.

Get your news quickly and hands-free

The top stories from The State’s newsroom are available as flash briefings every weekday morning. In the time it takes you to make a cup of coffee and get ready, you can catch up on big headlines without touching a newspaper or device. To start the briefing, say, “Alexa, open The State” to your Amazon Echo speaker or say, “Hey Google, talk to The State” to your Google Home device.

You can also subscribe to morning briefings on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, iHeartMedia or Overcast. You can also find the briefing at thestate.com/listen.

And if you prefer to start (or end) your day with a dose of sports chatter, subscribe to The State’s GoGamecocks podcast. Each week, host Greg Hadley and other reporters break down the latest in Gamecocks sports. You can listen and subscribe on Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher, TuneIn and RadioPublic.

Claim your rewards

As a subscriber to The State, you can earn points and win prizes, gifts cards and other perks by activating your rewards profile. Go to thestate.com/rewards and click the “members” button to sign in.

Not a subscriber? What are you waiting for?

We would love for you to join the large community of subscribers who support The State’s journalism. To subscribe, visit thestate.com/subscribe. For unlimited access to sports-only coverage, subscribe to The State’s SportsPass for a special introductory rate of $30 per year.

If you need help with anything related to your subscription or access to any of these features, please contact customer service by email at customerservice@thestate.com or by phone at 800-888-3566.