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Fri Dec 7, 2012, 08:08 PM

Washington Post reportedly considering adding a paywall in 2013

Source: washington post

The Washington Post will probably start charging online readers for access to newspaper articles in the middle of next year, a person familiar with the plans said.

Long reluctant to charge for online content, the newspaper is close to a decision to introduce digital subscriptions and charge online readers once they surpass a certain number of articles or multimedia features a month, the person said. Access to the home page and section fronts would not be limited.

The model — known as a metered paywall — would be similar to that used by the New York Times, which started charging for online content in March 2011 and now has nearly 600,000 digital subscribers. The Wall Street Journal and Financial Times have similar models.

Home subscribers to the print edition would have unfettered access to The Post’s Web site and other digital products.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/washington-post-reportedly-considering-adding-a-paywall-in-2013/2012/12/06/0630b2f4-3ff4-11e2-ae43-cf491b837f7b_story.html



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Reply Washington Post reportedly considering adding a paywall in 2013 (Original post)
alp227 Dec 2012 OP
Seedersandleechers Dec 2012 #1
trublu992 Dec 2012 #2
coalition_unwilling Dec 2012 #3
Bette Noir Dec 2012 #4
alp227 Dec 2012 #5
nilram Dec 2012 #9
Kelvin Mace Dec 2012 #6
Comrade_McKenzie Dec 2012 #7
sofa king Dec 2012 #15
Hayabusa Dec 2012 #8
anthony088 Dec 2012 #10
lexw Dec 2012 #11
JackHughes Dec 2012 #12
high density Dec 2012 #13
lexw Dec 2012 #14
hedgehog Dec 2012 #16
Ash_F Dec 2012 #17

Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 08:41 PM

1. Or use an "oldie but goodie"

site - my favorite: http://www.bugmenot.com/

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 08:59 PM

2. WELL...

now they get a great understanding of how small their readership will be

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Response to trublu992 (Reply #2)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 09:16 PM

3. All the pro-war neoCons, neoLibs and PNAC Yahoos who subscribe to the

 

Times can now pay to subscribe to the WP. Meanwhile, those of us interested in actual journalism will pursue it elsewhere (like TruthOut and TruthDig).

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 09:16 PM

4. I stopped reading the NYT and LA Times when they installed paywalls.

WaPo can join the non-party.

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Response to Bette Noir (Reply #4)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 09:19 PM

5. LATimes.com still has paywalls?

I do know that NYTimes.com has a paywall every 20 articles/month. LATimes.com I know used to have paywalls before 2008 or 09 or 10, now the LA Times archives dating back to 1985 or 86 are free online under articles.latimes.com, and I can read current articles free for now.

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Response to alp227 (Reply #5)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 01:49 AM

9. NYT is now 10 articles a month. (fyi)

Still easy to get around, though. For now.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 10:09 PM

6. Washington Post shuttered by 2016

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 10:38 PM

7. The more newspapers try to stay relevant, the more they fail...

 

I learn more news from blogs well before the traditional media carries the story.

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Response to Comrade_McKenzie (Reply #7)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 12:58 PM

15. Yep.

They are still driving themselves ever farther away from the well in search of bigger waters.

What the Washington Post could do, in fact what virtually any of the remaining newspapers that have actual journalists manning foreign and domestic desks, is pick from a huge pool of excellent and underemployed journalists, expand their journalist roster, send them out, and practically corner the goddamned market on original reporting.

It would appear that the quick buck right now is being seen by news aggregators, like bloggers and Fox News (which doesn't even have a foreign desk). But they have to have reliable, verifiable, corroborated news to trade with one another.

What none of them seem to realize right now is that they rest comfortably on a quickly deflating mattress of well written content by professional (and professionally paid) journalists. Once content is driven by fluff mills and marketers, nobody is going to give a shit at all about the "news," exactly as nobody today who must rely on actual information seeks their answers from Fox News.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 11:06 PM

8. I hate paywalls

that is all.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 02:31 AM

10. alp227

Nice for it!!!

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 02:51 AM

11. I can't blame news outfits for charging: when I grew up you'd have to pay for a newspaper.

I'd rather pay to have an honest, hardworking reporter go out there and do an investigation into a story, than read YahooNews.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 11:51 AM

12. Stupid pricing

The WP will probably price itself like the NYT, which charges about same for intangible online editions as for home delivery of their hard copy paper.

If these papers charged a more modest fee for their online editions they'd get a lot more subscribers and make a lot more money.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 12:14 PM

13. I don't mind paying $15/mo for the NYT

Good journalism isn't free, and advertising clearly can't cover all the costs.

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Response to high density (Reply #13)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 03:32 AM

14. agreed!

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Response to high density (Reply #13)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 01:13 PM

16. As long as it's easy to pay for, I want to pay a fair price.

If you want good journalism, you have to support it!

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 03:19 PM

17. Will the paywall buy some real journalists? /nt

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