Breaking news: erects paywall

The New Yorker
Following closely on the heels of The New York Times, the Gillespie family website has decided to shift to an "innovative subscription model." The New Yorker's "Shouts & Murmurs" explains:

"Those who currently receive the annual holiday (formerly Christmas) letter will still get it at no cost, although certain premium content, such as ski-vacation anecdotes, the kids’ school pictures, and details regarding John’s job layoff or Susan’s acid reflux, will be migrated to the Web site and the apps."

(More on how revenue will be used after the jump.)

Rest assured that the money will go to support quality journalism on the Gillespie family:

"Revenue from subscribers will insure that the quality and the quantity of our news gathering remains uncompromised. Hard-hitting investigative reporting will continue to be a hallmark of the site, as with last year’s hidden-camera exposé of the dog eating the cats’ food and the series revealing the embezzlement scandal after the entire Midwest went missing from John’s state-quarters collection."

Moreover, "the first ten thousand customers will receive a free subscription to the print edition of a daily newspaper of their choice, for as long as newspapers last."

  • Steve Myers

    Steve Myers was the managing editor of until August 2012, when he became the deputy managing editor and senior staff writer for The Lens, a nonprofit investigative news site in New Orleans.


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