The Washington Post Comapny's Southern Maryland Newspapers -- which include the Maryland Independent, The (St. Mary's County) Enterprise and The Calvert Recorder -- will launch a paywall June 17. An article published Friday tells current subscribers they'll see no change other than a request they register on somdnews.com.
Others will be able to view three stories a month before hitting the gate. Breaking news will still be free, "in keeping with the responsibility we have to inform the communities we serve when something happens," the article says, as will classified and legal ads.
A one-year subscription to the Independent or The Enterprise costs $44 (plus you get a $20 gas card); 12 months of the Recorder costs $29 (you get a $10 gas card). Post Co. spokesperson Rima Calderon says via email no other Post Co.-owned community papers are installing paywalls at this time, and that digital-only packages will be available. The Washington Post Co. shuttered two of its Maryland papers last month. (more...)