A memo from Editor Brian McGrory lays out a number of big changes to The Boston Globe's digital businesses. The catchiest: "We’ve replaced the paywall with a meter that allows readers ten free stories in a 30-day period. After that, they’ll be challenged to pull out their credit card and pony up. In truth, the paywall was successful, measured in the nearly 60,000 digital-only subscribers to bostonglobe.com. But the universal belief is that we can bring even more paying readers to the site with a meter."
The Globe launched a paywalled site, BostonGlobe.com, in September 2011. The premium site was "really designed for people who are drawn to our journalism — the full range and depth of our journalism — and are really interested in reading stories … from start to finish," Marty Baron, then the Globe's editor, told Jeff Sonderman at the time
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Boston.com remained as a standalone free site, with some Globe content. BostonGlobe.com didn't have a meter -- you pretty much had to pony up if you wanted to read. Henceforth, the two sites "will live happily and healthily apart," McGrory writes. "And yes, they’ll even compete with each other." (He told me last year he planned to "untangle" the sites
.) Boston.com "will remain a news site at its core, but with a sharper voice that better captures the sensibilities of Boston." Hilary Sargent, also known as Chartgirl
, will be Boston.com's news editor, McGrory writes. The company is looking for a new editor for Boston.com: Ron Agrella is leaving that role.
Teresa Hanafin will be editor of the Globe's new publication covering Catholicism. It hired John Allen from National Catholic Reporter earlier this year to staff that coverage, and McGrory says the paper has "contracted with Ines San Martin, a young Argentinean, to cover the Vatican, and we’re looking to hire another staffer or two as well."