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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." (more...)
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The International New York Times debuts

The first edition of The International New York Times appeared Tuesday. It replaces the International Herald Tribune. In a letter to readers on the front page, Times Publisher Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr. says his father "had the vision to make The Times a national newspaper in 1980."
With today’s action, we are creating a single, unified global media brand, which will allow us to expand our digital hubs, grow our editorial team, add more international voices in news and opinion, and increase the coverage provided by some of our best writers from around the globe.
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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 says.

Eric Celeste reported in August that the paper would lose its paywall.

The new site will be "radically different," Sheryl Jean writes.
Readers of the paid site will see an image-oriented, collage display with far fewer ads (Web pages maintained by third parties also may contain ads). Eventually, more personalization and a loyalty program will be added to the site.

The free site will look just like The News’ current website with advertisements.
“The pay wall solution hasn’t worked,” Jason Dyer, the News' chief marketing officer, told Jean. “The pay wall didn’t create a massive groundswell of [digital] subscribers.”
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USA Today president: ‘No plan exists’ for paywall

The New York Post | Folio
USA Today President and Publisher Larry Kramer said at a panel in New York that the paper is "exploring" a paywall, Keith J. Kelly reports. Reached by email, Kramer told Poynter, "No plan exists. We're studying it."

Kramer also said the paper will remove its trademark white boxes from some locations, Kelly reports. It expects sales from such boxes to decline by about one-third after a planned price hike from $1 to $2 next Monday: “Most people are not going to have eight quarters in their pocket," Kramer told the panel.

When USA Today launched, Mike Feinsilber wrote that it was "pinning its multi-million dollar hopes on a streetcorner vending machine that looks like a television set on a pedestal."

A USA Today box in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)
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Tampa Bay Times will erect a paywall

Tampa Bay Times
Poynter's Tampa Bay Times will install a metered paywall on tampabay.com, charging readers who consume more than 15 pages per month, Times Chairman Paul Tash tells readers. The Times' "best customers get the best price, with discounts for subscribers to our print edition," Tash writes. Some sections will not count against the 15-page limit:
Some parts of tampabay.com will continue to offer unlimited access. The meter does not count visits to the home page or to PolitiFact.com, our service that measures the truth of what politicians are saying. Readers also can tap into Things To Do, or the sections that advertise cars, homes and jobs, as much as they like.
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How two small family-owned newspapers in Vermont had success with a paywall

(This case study, the first of an occasional series, was underwritten by a grant from the Stibo Foundation. Poynter affiliate Bill Mitchell did the reporting for the article in 2012, and it has been updated and edited by Media Business Read more

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Bronstein: SF Chronicle paywall made a half-million dollars in four months

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"My understanding from people who work there is that they made probably close to $500,000 during the course of that four months," former San Francisco Chronicle Editor Phil Bronstein tells Bloomberg West host Emily Chang about his old paper's paywall, which it installed in late March of this year and disabled in August.

So why didn't it work, Chang asks Bronstein, who is now the executive chair of the Center for Investigative reporting.

"Paywalls are an attempt to keep the audiences they have and keep them paying," Bronstein, who stresses he wasn't involved in the paywall's installation, says. "But that audience is dwindling." Journalists, he says, suffer from from "higher calling disease" and are scrambling to reconnect with an audience that now seeks news from many channels.
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Toronto Star introduces paywall

Toronto Star | The Canadian Press
The Toronto Star's "Digital Access" paywall launched Tuesday. It's "a major transition for the Star," Publisher John Cruickshank writes in a letter to readers.

Print subscribers who pay through an automatic monthly payment get free digital access; subscribers who pay manually have to pony up 4.99 Canadian dollars ($4.83) per month to read online. Pure digital access is available for CA$9.99. Videos, obituaries, classifieds and the Star's homepage and section fronts are free, and nonsubscribers can read 10 articles per month free.

Star owner Torstar Corp. closed two small-business publications Monday, The Canadian Press reports. Both YourMississaugaBiz and YourHamiltonBiz had paywalls. Company spokesperson Bob Hepburn called the closures "a business decision based on the economic conditions" and said about 15 people were affected.
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Washington Post Co.’s newspaper division posts another loss, but online revenue is up

The Washington Post Company | The Washington Post
The Washington Post's newspaper division posted an operating loss of $49.3 million in the first six months of 2013, the company says in its second-quarter earnings report. In the first six months of 2012, the newspaper division lost $33.2 million.

Those declines were fed by revenue declines but were "largely due to an accounting provision for pensions and early retirement expenses," Steven Mufson writes. That provision also contributed to a $34.5 million operating loss the newspaper division reported in its first quarter results.

Print advertising revenue was down 4 percent over the second quarter of 2012, but revenue from online publishing was up 15 percent. Revenue from online display advertising was up 25 percent in the second quarter, 21 percent for the first six months of the year. (more...)
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What news organizations are learning as they refine their digital pay models

Now that the logic and financial benefit of digital pay plans has been broadly (but not universally) accepted at newspaper companies, a second generation of issues and solutions is emerging.

Listening to the final session at the American Society … Read more

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