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There has been a lot written lately about the death of the blog since Andrew Sullivan decided to retire from The Daily Dish, but tech blogger Ben Thompson says the one-man blog model is working better than it ever has
15 years is enough, he says
Political blogger Andrew Sullivan, who successfully crowdfunded his own independent site at The Daily Dish, says he is going to stop blogging after 15 years because he is worn out by the stress of daily deadlines
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Former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar wants you to test his new video subscription service Vessel — if you don’t do it all…
Google is launching a new service for websites called Contributor, which allows users to sign up and pay anywhere from $1 to $3 a month to sites that they visit frequently. In return for contributing, they won’t see any Google ads on those sites
Ben Thompson started his blog less than two years ago, without a nationally recognized brand name or following, and launched a membership model less than six months ago — but he’s already making a comfortable living from his audience
The NYT is laying off more staff and shutting down one of its new mobile apps, saying it failed to gain enough of an audience — but the paper needs to think differently about how it connects with its audience, not just launch more micro-paywalls
Like the music industry, the Guardian has realized that the value in media isn’t in selling access to a specific product or unit of content, but in creating a deep relationship with readers and fans who want access
Esquire is experimenting with a single-story paywall around a piece that was written about the 9/11 attacks, and the proceeds will go towards a scholarship in the name of murdered journalist James Foley
Past experiments in micropayments on Twitter have flopped. Could the new “buy now” button be the answer struggling media companies and publishers have been longing for? Paul Armstrong looks at the potential rewards and challenges ahead.
The departure of executive editor Jill Abramson has drawn a lot of attention, but the New York Times has a much larger challenge ahead of it, as the paper’s own internal report details — its culture is out of sync with reality
Instead of a paywall around its existing content, Slate is trying to convince its biggest fans to become members of a community — membership that will bring them additional benefits, including preferential access to writers and editors at the site. But will it be enough to move the revenue needle?
The New York Times is offering two new subscription packages, one a stripped-down version that comes as an app and the other a “premier” offering. But it is still missing the one thing it needs most — namely, a personal relationship with readers.
The New York Times is launching new paid digital products: NYT Now, which is supported by native ads and is $8 a month, and Times Premier, which at $45 a month is more expensive than a regular digital subscription.
In its annual survey of the state of the U.S. media industry, the Pew Center says that there are signs of growth and investment in new digital entities, but the bulk of the traditional industry remains weak and continues to shrink as it struggles to reinvent itself
A newspaper’s leaked internal presentation on performance metrics and expectations for reporters has caused a furor about the rise of “hamster wheel” journalism, but the strategy also gets a lot of things right about where media outlets need to be focusing
Here’s a new paywall perk: Digital subscribers to the U.K.’s Times or Sunday Times can get a free year-long membership to Spotify Premium (normally $9.99…
A new research paper out of Carnegie Mellon University suggests that Facebook, LinkedIn, Netflix and other membership-based websites will see steady activity in daily active users while others will flounder. How their initial growth happens might play a big role in long-term success.
The Dutch crowdfunded journalism site De Correspondent is already bringing in almost $2 million per year in subscription revenue, and part of its success is being driven by the relationship it is building between its writers and their readers
Political blogger Andrew Sullivan, who left the Daily Beast a year ago to start his own standalone subscription-based site called The Daily Dish, talks about what it’s like being funded entirely by readers and what the future of the site might look like
Former Wall Street Journal writer Jessica Lessin, who launched her new subscription-only news site The Information this week, talks about the motivation behind her company and why she chose to go with a hard paywall model
Former Wall Street Journal writer Jessica Lessin has launched a subscription-only news site called The Information, but there are a few things about hard paywalls that she should keep in mind
One of the most spectacularly successful crowdfunded journalism startups is a website based in Holland called De Correspondent, which has raised more than $1.7M and has almost 25,000 subscribers
After a year as a new-media startup. Matter says it has learned a number of lessons about online journalism — including the fact that paywalls make it hard to attract new readers and also be part of “the rhythms of the web”
NSFW Corp. founder Paul Carr admits he is mostly to blame for his company’s inability to raise the funds necessary to keep going, but also says the site pioneered some features that are worth exploring
Bloomberg’s retrenching of its news operation around market-moving news briefs for traders and bankers — not to mention its deference towards the Chinese government — is a sign of how its terminal business drives every decision it makes
The New York Times is planning to roll out some micro-paywall products based around specific topic areas, but for some reason it refuses to consider the idea of a “membership” approach to readers — and that’s a mistake
Matter, the longform journalism startup that was crowdfunded and then acquired by Medium earlier this year, says it is making some changes to the service as it celebrates its one-year anniversary
Digital First Media CEO John Paton, a vocal critic of paywalls for newspapers, says his chain is rolling out subscription plans because it has to — but he still doesn’t think they are a long-term strategy for media
Blogger Andrew Sullivan, whose site has crossed the $800,000 mark in reader funding, is launching a monthly subscription-only magazine that he says will be filled with longform essays, audio interviews and even poetry.
A new media startup called Beacon wants to give journalists who may not have the ability — or the desire — to run their own site a way to connect with readers who might want to subscribe. I spoke with the founders about their model.
The New York Times is seeing continued growth in subscription revenue thanks to its paywall, but at the same time its advertising revenue is still falling, both in print and online.
Flipboard has signed a deal with magazine publisher Time Inc. to add the company’s titles to its mobile content-aggregation app, based on a promise to help Time reach new audiences and boost its advertising revenue.
In an op-ed piece in the New York Times, an author complained about repeatedly being asked to write for free, but what he finds so insulting is something many others see as an opportunity — and it is not going away any time soon
Buy a copy of the New York Times from a newsstand or Starbucks on Sunday, November 3, and you’ll get a free four-week membership to the newspaper’s website and smartphone app.
Fortune editor Adam Lashinsky’s response to readers — who were upset about a LinkedIn post he wrote pointing to a paywalled article — shows a lack of understanding of both paywalls and how to use social platforms.
Some publishers seem to feel that Flipboard’s business model is based on taking advantage of their free content, but the company argues that what it really wants to do is help them stay in business
What we know — and what we don’t know — about Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture, which already has Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill on board.
The turmoil in the executive suite at the Philadelphia Inquirer — which was bought last year for 90 percent less than it sold for just 5 years ago — is just the latest example of the evolutionary angst at work in the industry.
The Guardian newspaper in Britain is one of the most prominent papers without a paywall, and some media-industry observers argue that it should erect one soon or potentially lose its ability to create great journalism.
The Dallas Morning News has become the second major paper to pull down the paywall around its news, saying the strategy failed to generate enough reader interest. It’s still going to try selling a premium service though.
As media-industry veteran Alan Mutter points out, the vast majority of newspaper paywalls are only reaching a tiny fraction of the overall potential audience, which is a problem for a growing number of publishers that are relying on them
In his first meeting with the paper he just acquired, Jeff Bezos said he prefers print and believes readers will pay for a daily bundle of news. But is he misunderstanding how the news business has changed?
In an interview with the newspaper he just finished buying for $250 million, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos made a couple of comments that raise some interesting questions about where he wants to take the Post in the future.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/jeffrey-bezos-washington-posts-next-owner-aims-for-a-new-golden-era-at-the-newspaper/2013/09/02/30c00b60-13f6-11e3-b182-1b3bb2eb474c_story.html The Washington Post (s WPO) interviews its new owner, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Bezos doesn’t get into many specifics about what…
The most powerful resource the New York Times has at its disposal are the relationships its writers have created with readers, and that is where the future of monetization in media lies.
The San Francisco Chronicle appears to have decided that putting a paywall around commodity news content isn’t a great strategy and has effectively dismantled the one around its newspaper site — although the company says it will keep a subscription plan.
While everyone is trying to figure out a way to monetize online content via paywalls, John Battelle of Federated Media wonders whether a “group buying” approach would work better by giving readers an incentive to sign up.
Since politics blog The Dish went independent six months ago, it’s raised $715,000 and has about 28,000 paid subscribers. That’s close to its goal of $900,000 for the first year, but most of the subscriptions came very early on.
If newspaper companies don’t speed up the pace of digital change in their businesses, their losses will continue to increase, says Digital First Media CEO John Paton — and paywalls are not a long-term solution.
A Reuters Institute study shows that more people are paying for their news, particularly on tablets and phones — but it also confirms that the vast majority of readers aren’t paying and most say they likely never will.
The Times has new tweaks to its paywall — including offering non-subscribers access to three articles across all sections on its apps.
The Washington Post will start rolling out its paywall to a select group of readers next week.
In a speech to Columbia business school graduates, the CEO of the New York Times described the company’s role in media disruption.
Michael Wolf is an Analyst for Gigaom Research and the founder and Chief Analyst at NextMarket Insights, a market research firm focused…
There are plenty of reasons for pessimism about the state of the media and journalism, including repeated layoffs, bankruptcies and so on. But there are also many reasons to be optimistic about the current environment.
Politico announced Thursday that it will test a metered paywall this week in six states, as well as abroad. But readers in the Washington, D.C. area remain exempt because Politico gets so much advertising revenue from them.
Popular politics blog The Dish, which went independent and added a metered paywall at the beginning of this year, is probably not going to reach its $900,000 goal, founder Andrew Sullivan says.
There is a conventional wisdom in the media industry that micropayments for online content don’t work, but Greg Golebiewski of Znak It says that this isn’t true, and that media companies need to experiment with the model.
The Washington Post posted discouraging earnings Friday, with revenue and circulation down from a year ago.
The New York Times is no longer restricting non-subscribers’ access to its video content. The move, which comes as the Times tightens other parts of its paywall, is part of the paper’s plans to expand its brand in the video space.
At our paidContent Live conference in New York, we heard about the disruption in publishing, journalism and advertising from speakers such as Alan Rusbridger of The Guardian, Jon Steinberg of BuzzFeed and blogger Andrew Sullivan.
The Atlantic will launch a paid product within the next two or three weeks, a News Corp. is touting paywalls as “courageous,” and ProPublica wants to have paywall-free nonprofit journalism in every city.
Newspapers and other media entities have gotten used to thinking of themselves as the most important part of the equation — but why not focus on helping individual brands engage with their audiences and then share in the revenue?
The U.S. newspaper industry has lost more than $40 billion in ad revenue in the past decade — over half of that in the last four years alone — and Google’s ad revenues are now more than twice what the industry pulls in.
Paywalls can bring in extra revenue for newspapers and other traditional media outlets, and they can help keep existing readers from leaving — but how do they help bring in new readers? And what happens if they don’t?
Digital First Media chief executive officer John Paton says that paywalls aren’t the answer for newspapers, and that print is eventually going to go away — which is why the company needs to take more risks.
The U.K.’s legal deposit rules, which require publishers to submit copies of all publications to national and other major libraries, have been updated to cover everything from blogs to tweets.
Smaller and mid-size newspapers have been the early adopters when it comes to paywalls. But now, more of the big papers are starting to flip the switch too.
I may disagree with them about the benefits of a hard paywall, or the wisdom of cutting 90 percent of the newspaper’s blogs, but at least the owners of the Orange County Register are putting their money where their mouths are.
It’s a risky bet, but the new owners of the Orange County Register — two entrepreneurs with no background in traditional media — are pouring money and resources into the newspaper, and not just online but in print as well.
The Daily Mail, the world’s sixth largest news site, says it is not only growing digital revenue faster than most other papers, but has engagement levels that put it above Yahoo and even YouTube.
Andrew Sullivan added a new payment option for The Dish Monday: Users will now be able to pay by the month. Previously, they were only offered a yearly subscription option.
The San Francisco Chronicle has launched a subscription-only site that puts much of the paper’s content behind a paywall. The site is free to print subscribers, and a digital-only package is $12 a month.
Some of the larger traditional brands in journalism will probably wind up prospering in the new digital era, and some hyper-local ones will as well — but what happens to the players in the middle? Their future remains uncertain.
How can media companies and publishers monetize their content when advertising continues to decline and paywalls are not filling the gap? This is one of the major themes we’re going to explore at paidContent Live on April 17 in New York.
Andrew Sullivan’s The Dish is tightening its paywall. Users will now be able to access 5 free “read-on” stories every 60 days, down from seven stories every 30 days.
The Financial Times stands out in the news industry for its clever and aggressive switch to a digital revenue model. But while the paper is an inspiration, it’s not an example.
In a keynote at SXSW Sunday, NYT columnist David Carr recalled the launch of the paper’s paywall during SXSW two years ago. “The theologists of free,” he said, believe that “you keep things free, and eventually somebody will clack two coconuts together and you’ll get rich.”
According to Press+ data, the average price of a monthly digital subscription is now $9.26 — up from $6.85 at the beginning of 2012. Publishers are also offering fewer articles for free before a user hits a paywall.
News brands like the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal are turning to free Wi-Fi as a way to promote their content. In the lates example, Times readers can get 15 free stories a day while sitting in Starbucks.
New owner Jay Penske is shutting down Variety magazine’s daily print edition and removing the paywall around the century-old tabloid’s online content. But will these radical moves help the paper survive against more nimble rivals?
A little over three weeks into its metered paywall model, Andrew Sullivan’s The Dish has raised an additional $93,000. The pace of subscriptions seems to be slowing, so how can Sullivan keep it up?
Marco Arment softened the paywall around his iPad-only magazine because his content was not benefiting from the social-sharing effect that the web enables — a microcosm of the dilemma that many other publishers are also facing.
The Boston Globe can be seen as a bellwether for metropolitan newspapers. Its digital strategy so far appears to be off to a slow start but some see more to the story.
The New York Times has finally closed a popular loophole that let readers circumvent its paywall by chopping off the end of a story’s website address.
Hundreds of traditional publishers have erected paywalls around their content, but there is much to be gained by focusing monetization on individuals rather than an entire newspaper. Here are a few suggestions on how publishers could do this.
John Paton, the CEO of the Digital First Media chain, says that he doesn’t believe paywalls or subscription models are the solution to the industry’s problems, but he is experimenting with them anyway.
Paywalls are being erected at hundreds of newspapers around the world, but Guardian Media CEO Andrew Miller says his newspaper is still opposed to a subscription wall because it wants to expand its readership as much as possible.
More publishers of all stripes, including star blogger Andrew Sullivan, are charging visitors for content. This has translated into good news for paywall provider Tinypass.
Andrew Sullivan announced yesterday that he is taking his popular politics blog The Dish independent and charging $19.99 a year under a metered model. Since then, the blog has raised $333,000 from about 12,000 readers.
Andrew Sullivan announced Wednesday that his immensely popular politics-and-other-stuff blog, The Dish, is striking out on its own and leaving the Daily Beast, which has owned it since 2011. The new site will charge $19.99 per year.
Despite a new agreement with Google, Belgian media will launch their own shared user management and payment system, reducing the amount of free content on their sites.
A comment about a Bloomberg story on the New York Times paywall started a debate about the positive and negative effects of paywalls that included some media industry luminaries such as the former CEO of Dow Jones and the former publisher of the Wall Street Journal.
A news report gave the New York Times some powerful validation for its online paywall model. But a closer look at the numbers show that digital subscriber dollars can only be one part of the Times’ future.
A new survey from the Alliance for Audited Media (formerly the Audit Bureau of Circulations) finds that newspaper and magazine publishers’ digital businesses are gradually becoming profitable, and 63 percent say “tablets are the most important digital channel for their publication’s future.”
After years of providing content for free through Philly.com, the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News will launch their own paywalled sites in early 2013.
The Washington Post is reportedly planning a paywall in 2013, and the Daily Beast is also contemplating metered access. Gannett announced this week that it is seeing a rise in revenues as a result of its paywalls. A news roundup.
It seems that no discussion of the merits or weaknesses of newspaper paywalls is complete unless one side accuses the other of having virtually nothing intelligent to say on the topic. Is there no common ground at all between paywall advocates and paywall skeptics?
A manifesto on the future of news published by Columbia University’s center for digital journalism argues that the news industry as we know it no longer exists, and existing players need to figure out how to adapt to the new realities of news, and quickly.
Critics of the Washington Post say that the only approach that will solve the newspaper’s financial problems is to put up a paywall around their content like everyone else — but while that might buy time, it’s not a long-term strategy for new-media success.
USA Today is taking advantage of Gannett’s custom built CMS system that will let it select and curate content for the growing number of readers who are reading news on mobile devices. The move may help the company reboot a tired brand for the digital age.
The Houston Chronicle and Crain’s New York announced new paywall initiatives, while Newsweek editor-in-chief Tina Brown suggested that the now digital-only magazine is heading in that direction. A news roundup.
The Houston Chronicle and Crain’s New York announced new paywall initiatives, while Newsweek editor-in-chief Tina Brown suggested that the now digital-only magazine is heading in that direction. A news roundup.
The Washington Post’s new editor, former Boston Globe editor Marty Baron, faces a mountain of problems at the newspaper, which has seen circulation and revenues fall dramatically. Here are some areas he needs to focus on in order to turn the sinking ship around.
As costs continue to rise along with pageviews, Reddit is looking to its community of users for help by promoting a membership model called Reddit Gold — an approach that other media entities might want to consider instead of just putting up a paywall.
A Columbia/Indiana University study on reactions to the New York Times paywall suggests that newspapers enacting paywalls should emphasize financial need, not profit, when explaining them to readers. Still, many readers won’t pay.
Paywall startup Tinypass, which is based in New York City and works with small digital publishers, is expanding metering options to its users.
Tthe New York Times and the Wall Street Journal lowered their paywalls in advance of the arrival of Hurricane Sandy, and a discussion about their motivation for doing so highlights the tension between the newspaper as a vehicle for public information and as a commercial entity.
A Columbia Journalism Review columnist argues that a free or advertising-supported news model inevitably leads to lower-quality journalism. But there is no reason why ads can’t co-exist with high-quality reporting just as easily as they can subsidize pageview-driven clickbait, despite the CJR’s claims to the contrary.
Many newspapers and media outlets are implementing paywalls in a desperate attempt to generate revenue, but some players — including the political blog network Talking Points Memo — are offering their readers a membership-with-benefits experience instead. It’s an approach that more media players should probably consider.
What happens when a UK newspaper starts charging its American online readers? Not enough, according to The Independent, which says it is likely to undo its model after a year in place.
While it has gotten attention recently for the launch of its new online business offering, Atlantic Media has been making a lot of innovative and interesting moves in transforming its business from print to digital — moves that other media companies would do well to emulate.
Digital subscription platform Press+ says 39 percent of its client publishers now offer fewer than 10 articles free per month before a reader hits a paywall. On average, the company says, publishers offer 11 free articles per month, down from 13 at the beginning of 2012.
Some proponents of newspaper paywalls — including a columnist in the Columbia Journalism Review — argue that charging readers for content results in better journalism than the free and advertising-supported model used by many digital publishers. But the evidence for this assertion is dubious at best.
The Journal Register newspaper chain has filed for bankruptcy for a second time, which some say means its “digital first” vision is flawed. But all it really means is that the kind of transformation required for the newspaper business will be measured in decades.
Although the ad-driven business model behind Facebook looks similar to that of a newspaper, the crucial difference is that the social network knows a lot more about its users. The more focus that newspapers put on doing the same, the better off they will be.
As more newspapers roll out metered paywalls and subscription plans, trying to duplicate the success of the New York Times, some journalists hope that being funded by readers will help stop the ad-driven pageview race and save quality journalism. But this argument is fundamentally flawed.
Is offering your readers membership benefits a better approach to revenue generation than putting up a hard paywall? The tech commentary site Techdirt thinks so, and has launched some interesting new features that other traditional media companies might want to pay attention to.
The New York Times has chosen former BBC director Mark Thompson to be its new CEO. But is a man who has spent his entire career with a government-funded broadcaster the right person to reinvent the legendary newspaper at a time of almost unprecedented upheaval?
The New York Times Co. used to rely on About/com for good news; now overhauling the info site is dragging down earnings. Meanwhile, reliance on digital revenue is increasing even as the company works to stem declines in digital advertising revenues.
The Washington Post is one of the few major newspapers left without some kind of digital paywall or subscription model, but despite the financial pressures on the company, publisher Donald Graham says he remains committed to not charging readers for the newspaper’s content online.
Piano Media, the digital news payments kiosk through which several Slovenian and Slovakian publishers have begun charging for some of their content,…
Tech blogger Ben Brooks was tired of running an ad-supported site. So he decided to add a modified paywall to his website, The Brooks Review. For inspiration, he looked to the New York Times.
At our recent paidContent 2012 conference FT’s Rob Grimshaw and Piano Media’s Tomas Bella discuss not just the future of online content payments, but also how to most effectively price your content when there are free alternatives elsewhere.
The Chicago Tribune will at last begin charging for its online content through an innovative scheme that will also give readers access to a premium package of third party content.
Newspapers haven’t really had a monopoly on the news or the advertising market for some time, but they continue to behave as though they do. If they are to survive the transition to a digital future, they will have to learn how to compete for both.
In an interview with GigaOM, the editor of MIT’s venerable Technology Review talks about why he has decided to take a “digital first” approach to publishing the magazine, why he doesn’t plan to implement a paywall — and what he sees as an alternative.
Journalism professor Tim McGuire, a long-time newspaper editor and Pulitzer Prize judge, says there is much upheaval in the media industry but a lot of potential as well — provided media entities give up their gatekeeper role and learn to serve their readers better.
Is Warren Buffett’s recent acquisition of the Media General chain a brilliant gamble, or an indication of his faith in the long-term prospects of newspapers? Clay Shirky argues it is neither — he says Buffett misunderstands some fundamental things about the business he has bought.
Piano Media, the joint web news payment system operating in Slovakia and Slovenia, is preparing to launch in a third, larger market this summer, after recently taking funding for globalisation.
It’s been a decade now that online publishers have wrestled with the same wretched dilemma: give content away for free and lose money or put up a paywall and lose audience. Now, finally, the logjam is beginning to break.
The news that Canada’s largest newspaper is launching a paywall brings back memories of an earlier paywall attempt, and how that led one GigaOM writer to the discovery of blogging — and three reasons why paywalls are not the solution to the newspaper industry’s problems.
Paywall solutions are having a bad month. Google shuttered One Pass at the end of April. Now paywall and news aggregation site Ongo, which launched in January 2011 with $12 million in funding from the New York Times, Washington Post and Gannett, is closing.
For the next 12 days, readers can get free access to BostonGlobe.com by entering their email address.
Google has closed down One Pass, the paid content platform for publishers that it rolled out in February 2011 and revamped in February 2012.
It’s powering paid online bundles of rival news publishers in eastern Europe. Now Piano Media is taking on €2 million from VCs to try taking the idea overseas.
Some traditional media entities seem to be hoping for a single magic bullet that will cure their revenue problems, but it is more likely success will come from making a number of smaller bets. Unfortunately, large media players don’t tend to be good at that.
Newspapers everywhere are tinkering with “metered paywalls” in the hopes of hitting up the right mix of exclusion and access. The Los Angeles Times became the latest such paywall player last month, limiting readers to 15 stories a month unless they pay for a digital subscription.
As newspapers lock content behind paywalls, marketers are opening that same content right back up again through campaigns that provide reade…
Is there a way for newspapers to generate revenue without a paywall? Yes. They could try to think about developing a relationship with readers that is based on mutual exchange of benefits, and let the monetization flow from that instead of just asking for a handout.
If only more readers were this dedicated to print newspapers. Early Saturday morning, authorities pulled down a man who was scaling the New…
It’s been a big week in newspapers starting to charge for content. First it was Gannett; now the Los Angeles Times will launch a metered pay…
Gannett (NYSE: GCI) said it is “playing offense” again after years of cuts and contraction. Its touchdown strategy is a sophisticated paywal…
MediaNews Group chief executive John Paton reiterated his “digital first” message in a fire-and-brimstone speech to a journalism group in Toronto recently, saying media entities of all kinds must let go of their attachment to the “information gatekeeper” model or they will surely perish.
This may be the year where newspapers finally drop the idea of treating all news as a product, and all readers as customers.
One early sig…
Starting tomorrow, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel readers who are not print subscribers will have to pay for online access above 20 articles per…
Some newspaper websites made a little ground with their paywall strategies over the past year. But the media industry should be very careful about over-interpreting the successes of a handful over the struggles of the multitude.
Paywalls are all the rage for media companies, but they have the unfortunate effect of penalizing an outlet’s most loyal readers. Why not try to come up with ways to reward those users for their engagement, instead of hitting them with a cash grab?
As I ponder the future of The New York Times, it occurred to me that its pay meter could be exactly reversed. I’ll also tell you why this wo…
Chicago’s second-largest daily newspaper, the Sun-Times, and its 39 affiliated suburban newspapers will all start charging for online conten…
Back in August, we reported how HeraldScotland.com, run by Gannett’s Newsquest would introduce a metered charging system. Now it is about to…
In the hopes of saving money while avoiding consolidation, MediaNews Group is introducing “digital-first Mondays” at six of its California n…
More newspapers are rolling out paywalls, with the Minneapolis Star-Tribune and Canada’s PostMedia network the latest to jump on the bandwagon. But while they may have been encouraged by the New York Times, even that paper’s experience shows that a paywall is still a sandbag strategy.
While the number of newspapers and other media entities that are erecting paywalls or launching subscription-based apps continues to grow, other content publishers such as The New Yorker are looking at different ways of monetizing their existing content, including e-books and one-off feature packages.
The Wall Street Journal has launched a new “social reading” app for Facebook that allows users to share articles from the newspaper with their social graph, and also be chosen as editors for other users. But how will these social attempts mesh with the paper’s paywall?
Free, digital content has shattered long-established ways of making money in the newspaper publishing industry, and publishers must now find new ways to subsidize content-creation costs directly. That includes everything from more-flexible paywalls to borrowing the business models of industries like online gaming and music.
When Hurricane Irene hit the East Coast last week, several newspapers took down their paywalls for all weather-related coverage. But when do…
Technology providers and venture capitalists could gain a significant opportunity by helping to create the tools and platforms needed to instigate B2B commerce.
Start-up DoubleRecall is turning paywalls into branding opportunities that give consumers access to premium content on websites and mobile apps if they type out a few words from a sponsor message. The model boosts brand recognition, drives higher revenue for publishers and gives users free content.
Plenty of people seem convinced the New York Times paywall is working. But what does that mean? Is the NYT getting readers to pay? Yes. But the long-term value of that is still an open question — and a paywall remains a fundamentally defensive strategy.
For those tracking the success of the NYTimes.com (NYSE: NYT) meter that started ticking in March, the New York Times says it ended the seco…
Two days after Aaron Swartz was indicted for allegedly trying to copy thousands of documents from a scientific archive, a torrent with close to 19,000 documents has found its way to the Pirate Bay. The leak is accompanied by a scathing critique of scientific publishing.
Frederic Filloux at The Monday Note argues that the metered paywall approach can have substantial benefits for papers that implement one, as the New York Times has. But those positives are more than outweighed by the negatives, including the opportunity that paywalls create for free competitors.
Columbia’s school of journalism has released a report on the media industry that describes a landscape filled with disruption and confusion. Although there are some hints of possible new business models, most media companies simply don’t understand enough about what is happening to their traditional businesses.
What if media companies could come up with something similar to what business class achieves for airline passengers — would people pay for that? A news design agency thinks they would. But the problem for news companies is that others are already busy creating that experience.
The New York Times’ latest financial results are a snapshot of a traditional media giant that is trying desperately to move into the digital future, but keeps getting dragged back down by the weight of its legacy businesses, whose health continues to decline.
Some saw Facebook’s upgrade to its Comments service as the next big extension of its network platform outside its own site, akin to Likes or Connect. That’s certainly what Facebook is aiming to achieve, and it is winning adoption by sites that appreciate its ease of connection and identity authentication. But there are solid competitive offerings out there, and sometimes it’s good to not be known as a dog.
In the weeks since the NYTimes.com (NYSE: NYT) meter started clicking, we’ve written about the challenges of perception and the millions bei…
This week, executives from the Times of London revealed the latest news about its attempts to get online customers to pay for the journalism they’d previously been getting for free. And while numbers suggest a paywall can still get print readers to engage in an online product, plenty of data suggests that strategy might not be a financial savior.
Yes, the New York Times pay plan is confusing — but the biggest problem with the subscription idea is that it is fundamentally backward-looking. It feels like a defensive move to buy some time while the paper figures out what it wants to be.
As the financial screws continue to tighten on traditional media companies, more and more are choosing to throw their eggs into the basket labelled “paywall” — including the New York Times. But in the long run, these walls are really just sandbags against a rising tide.
In another attempt to undo the Internet, the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Gannett chain today launched a new service that they hope will convince readers to pay for their content, even though much of it is already available online for free.
News Corp. has finally released official figures on the effect of paywalls at two of its British newspapers, which show that the two papers have lost a huge proportion of their previous readership, and only a tiny fraction of those readers have chosen to pay.
The New York Times announced yesterday that it is planning to launch a “metered access” system for its web site next year. Here are a few of the smart people writing about the topic that you should read (apart from us).