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When the New York Times puts up its paywall later this month, it will be the fifth newspaper among the top 50 by circulation in the U.S. to…

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When the New York Times puts up its paywall later this month, it will be the fifth newspaper among the top 50 by circulation in the U.S. to charge for online access; a sixth, its sibling Boston Globe, is expected to do so later this year. All six papers are taking varying approaches — including charging different prices and making a different set of content available online for free. Here’s a capsule look at some of the key differences.

Newspaper

Paid circulation

Using metered model?

Free online access for print subscribers?

Weekly price of online-only subscription

What’s behind the wall

What’s free

Notes

Date instituted

2,061,142

No

No

$2.99

“Core” business and financial news and analysis

Homepage, section fronts, previews of all articles, as well as selected stories and videos

The WSJ includes its online subscribers in its total circulation figure.

1996

876,638

Yes

Yes

$3.75 (includes mobile app access)

Essentially all content after you’ve consumed 20 free articles a month

Homepage, section fronts, blog fronts and classifieds

The weekly price goes up to $8.75 a week if users want to access the paper on all of their devices.

2011

314,848

No

Yes

$5

Any full article

Homepage, section fronts, photo galleries, blogs, classifieds

Cablevision’s broadband subscribers in the region get free access to the Newsday site.

2009

264,459

No

Yes

$2.31

Most news and information by the newspaper’s reporters

Homepage, breaking news, blogs, obituaries, classifieds, and wire stories

The Morning News lets online subscribers “debundle” their subscriptions — they can pay for either mobile or web access or both.

2011

222,683

No

Yes

To be announced

Almost all of the content published in the print newspaper

Homepage, breaking news, weather, sports and entertainment guides

When the Globe’s paywall goes live later this year, the paper will have two sites: a free Boston.com and a paid BostonGlobe.com.

2011

177,633

No

Yes

$1.48

Complete versions of local articles

Homepage, breaking news, brief versions of articles in the newspaper, wire stories, weather, movie listings, and video features

The Democrat-Gazette has said its long-standing paywall has helped keep its paid circulation relatively steady over the last several years.

2002

Compiled by Joseph Tartakoff
Published: March 19, 2011

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