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And so it begins… January 20, 2010

Posted by snjones1980 in Uncategorized.

The New York Times has become the first major publication to announce plans to charge visitors to their website who read their news story.

In a statement released today, the paper said:

“Starting in early 2011, visitors to NYTimes.com will get a certain number of articles free every month before being asked to pay a flat fee for unlimited access. Subscribers to the newspaper’s print edition will receive full access to the site.

But executives of The New York Times Company said they could not yet answer fundamental questions about the plan, like how much it would cost or what the limit would be on free reading. They stressed that the amount of free access could change with time, in response to economic conditions and reader demand.”

What’s your thoughts on this issue? Are publishers not already receiving enough income to pay their bosses those overinflated salaries? As you all know, what starts in the US eventually ends up becoming the norm over here, so expect your regular news sites to implement a similar scheme in the next few years.

This is one to think about when considering how digital media is impacting the industry. Could we perhaps see a rise in citizen journalism following the enforcement of charges?



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