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Why The Seattle Times lowered its paywall during the mudslide — but not completely

The mudslide near Oso, Wash., on March 22 and its aftermath commanded national attention, but one local news organization was in position to own the story.

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?

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Slate to introduce Amazon Prime-like membership plan

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"Slate Plus" will launch Tuesday, Leslie Kaufman reports. While all Slate's content will remain available for free, readers who pay $5 per month (or $50 per year) will get "special access to the site’s editors and writers, as well as members-only discussions with Emily Yoffe, Slate’s Dear Prudence advice columnist." They'll also get input into profiles, ad-free podcasts and discounts on events.

“Our model is Amazon Prime, which keeps adding benefits,” Slate Editor David Plotz told Kaufman.

In late 2012, Jeff Bercovici reported Slate might be considering a paywall. (The company tried one long ago but didn't think it worked.) Paywalls “don’t make sense for a site like ours,” Weisberg told me at the time. He did say Slate was looking at a membership model.
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Guardian builds a business around ‘snacking’

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Guardian CEO Andrew Miller told attendees of the Digital Media Strategies conference in London that his publication doesn't assume readers stay with one news source all day long, Rachel Bartlett reports. Keeping the doors to its journalism open, Miller said, means a big audience outside the publication's native U.K. And indeed the Guardian recently reported double-digit growth in digital revenue.
"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."
A display in the Guardian's offices in 2013. (AP Photo/Raphael Satter)
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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.

Lucia Moses, Adweek

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Sun-Times will test Bitcoin paywall

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The Chicago Sun-Times will test a "social paywall" Feb. 1. To access the site, "readers will be prompted to donate Bitcoins to or Tweet about the Taproot Foundation," a group that says it "makes business talent available to organizations working to improve society."

Sun-Times Editor-in-Chief and Publisher Jim Kirk said the Sun-Times is the "first major USA newspaper to test a Bitcoin-based paywall." The Dish Daily implemented a paywall built by the same company, BitWall, last year.

The Sun-Times erected a more traditional metered paywall in 2011.

Related: News nonprofit starts taking donations in Bitcoin
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Cincinnati TV station plans paywall on its website

NetNewsCheck WCPO will introduce a paywall for much of its website content early next year, NetNewsCheck reports.
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.
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Salt Lake Tribune won’t get a paywall because of competition

Salt Lake Tribune After Digital First Media CEO John Paton announced Monday that the company would roll out paywalls to “all 75 dailies run by DFM,” the Salt Lake Tribune tweeted to Poynter that its site would remain free:   A 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.
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Digital First will add paywalls at most of its daily newspapers

Digital First | Newsonomics Digital First Media plans to expand its paywall offerings to most of its 75 daily newspapers, CEO John Paton says in a blog post. The paywalls will be an all-access model. Paton, a noted skeptic about paywalls in the past, writes that while "digital advertising has grown more than 89 percent," the company needs "more gas in the tank if we are going to complete this journey of print-to-digital transformation."
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...)
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For Modern Farmer, farm stands hold more promise than newsstands

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

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Richmond Times-Dispatch readers get digital discount if they consent to print

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.

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