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. The Times-Dispatch launched its All Access paywall Tuesday that charges more for those readers who want digital access to the … Read More

Buffett-owned Richmond Times-Dispatch introduces paywall

Richmond Times-Dispatch "Giving away content online no longer can be sustained," Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch Publisher Tom Silvestri writes in a letter to readers. "Not if we want to be around for another 160-plus years serving the Richmond region and Virginia with the kind of news reporting that makes a difference and advertising deals that delight." The Times-Dispatch's "All Access" plan, coming Tuesday, will operate in a manner now familiar to paywall observers: People who don't subscribe to the paper will be able to see 20 stories per 30-day period without hitting a gate. Videos, obituaries, classified ads, section fronts and wire copy won't count against the meter. And subscription prices will rise next year, Silvestri says, when the paper "will install a comparatively small increase to cover projected higher costs, some of which result from this month’s rollout of new sections and added pages." Read More

Dallas Morning News to drop paywall Oct. 1

The Dallas Morning News On Tuesday, The Dallas Morning News' online content "will be accessible to everyone, free of charge," a company press release says. It will also offer a premium service with "enhanced design and navigation, limited advertising, and access to unique subscriber benefits" to print subscribers; nonsubscribers will pay $2.99 a week, the release … Read More

Esquire charges $1.99 for article, while Australian and British papers continue paywall battles

Ad Week | Esquire | Ad News | The Guardian | Media Week Men's magazine Esquire has joined the throng of publications experimenting with online paywalls, asking readers to pay a $1.99 fee to read a feature from its August issue called The Prophet. Ad Week's Emma Bazilian says it is the first time Esquire has made such a request of its online readership. The 10,000-word Luke Dittrich story -- about a neurosurgeon named Dr. Eben Alexander who wrote a bestselling book about claiming to see God during a weeklong coma -- was a perfect peg for the magazine to try a fee, editor-in-chief David Granger told Ad Week. “We spend a huge amount of time and effort and money on chasing a story like this," he said. "We wanted to see if we could get people to pay for it. They pay for it in the magazine and the iPad app, so we thought we’d give it a shot.” (Esquire readers can also buy e-books of stories from the magazine’s archives, published in partnership with Byliner.) So far the purchase rate among readers is 3 to 4 percent, Bazilian writes. Read More