That meant The Seattle Times had a decision to make: Was its tirelessly produced news about the disaster and the search for survivors so important that it merited a suspension of the website's year-old paywall?
Yes and no. (more...)
"The reality of the world is that people snack," he said, and the Guardian approach is to "build a business around that", he added.Miller said entities that refer traffic to the Guardian "aren’t our enemies, these are our friends." He said it's "essential to our business model to ensure our journalism is read," Bartlett reports.
"This isn’t about trying to protect old business models. It is about how the web works."(more...)
From Lucia Moses’ profile of Hearst CEO Steve Swartz:
While many newspapers have turned to paywalls to offset declining ad revenue, Hearst has clung to free access. Some see this as lacking innovation, but Swartz counters that Hearst chose to place its bets on household penetration and that its free newspaper sites are profitable without paywalls. “If you put a gate on your free website, you’re giving up a powerful tool to reach the consumer, and we think that’s a better strategy than putting up a paywall,” he says.
Over the past year, the ABC affiliate’s site has added more than 30 editorial staffers to its digital reporting team, including eight veteran reporters covering local crime and justice, politics, business, education and the arts.Paywalls are increasingly common for newspaper sites -- 41 percent of U.S. dailies will have them after Digital First Media puts its paywalls in place, Ken Doctor wrote recently -- but they're an elusive species among TV stations, which could arguably benefit from competitors putting their content behind a gate. The Cincinnati Enquirer, like all Gannett-owned papers, has a metered paywall. The E.W. Scripps Co., which owns WCPO, announced at the end of 2012 it would install paywalls for all of its newspaper sites. You can see the stories WCPO considers premium content on its site now: They're marked with a "9" logo.
@Poynter Not at The Salt Lake Tribune, according to editor @terryorme — Salt Lake Tribune (@sltrib) November 18, 2013A Digital First Media spokesperson confirmed to Poynter (as did Paton, on Twitter) that the Tribune would stay free. Tribune Editor Terry Orme hasn't replied to my request for more information, but Managing Editor Lisa Carricaburu explained the exemption in a story on Monday:
We are in a very competitive news market flush with free online access to news. For us to charge for access to sltrib.com and our mobile applications at this time would be to risk losing a significant chunk of audience that easily could find local news somewhere else. We want Utahns coming to sltrib.com.The Deseret News also serves Salt Lake City. It does not have a paywall.
Let’s be clear, paid digital subscriptions are not a long-term strategy. They don’t transform anything; they tweak. At best, they are a short-term tactic."I’m not sure that’s a meaningful distinction," Ken Doctor writes about Paton's strategy/tactic taxonomy. (more...)
When Modern Farmer launched its GoatCam in September, Editor-in-Chief Ann Marie Gardner was surprised to hear from people working at the Pentagon.
“They had a suggestion for changing the angle of the camera so they could see the goats better,” … Read more
Print and digital subscriptions to newspapers generally work like this: If you subscribe to the print product, you get free digital access. But if all you want is digital, you can pay a little less.
Not so in Richmond.
The … Read more