9-28-11: The Baltimore $un

September 28, 2011 at 8:15 am 5 comments

CORRECTION: The digital subscription is $2.49 per week, not per month as we first stated. Thanks to commenter Evan for alerting us.

The Baltimore Sun will go behind a paywall on October 10th.

Here’s how their “digital subscription” model works. Everyone gets 15 free page views a month, and the home page and section fronts remain free. If you want more, including blogs, you have to subscribe to baltimoresun.com—$2.49 a monthweek, or $49.99 for 26 weeks. Print subscribers get a discount.

Rem Rieder is the editor and senior vice president of American Journalism Review, which is housed at the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Sheilah talks to him about the paywall.

We invited Baltimore Sun Media Group publisher Timothy Ryan to join us today. Spokesperson Renee Mutchnik responded by e-mail with this statement:
“We appreciate your interest in speaking with us regarding digital subscriptions. However, we prefer to continue communicating directly with our customers through our newspaper, website and social media outlets.”

Read Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Cary Spivak’s March/April 2011 feature about paywalls in AJR, “Pay to Play.”

And check out Columbia Journalism Review‘s take on paywalls, from The Story So Far: What We Know About the Business of Digital Journalism.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Evan  |  September 28, 2011 at 9:12 am

    Sheila just said on the air the digital subscription is $2.49 a month… It’s actually $2.99 a WEEK. BIG difference! Hope she corrects it…

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  • 2. Evan  |  September 28, 2011 at 9:14 am

    You also have it as $2.49/month above! It’s very wrong! See The Sun’s letter at the link below!
    http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/romenesko/147138/baltimore-sun-to-put-up-paywall-next-month/

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  • 3. Evan  |  September 28, 2011 at 9:16 am

    Think about it: If it was $2.50 a MONTH, how could it be $50 for six months? It’s $2.50 a WEEK!

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  • 4. @cfer  |  September 28, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    My major access to the Sun is to participate in discussion forums. I mainly do this as a mental break at work. The articles spark the discussion, but the discussion is what holds my interest (except when it disgusts me on the unmoderated comment sections). I really can’t see spending $100/year so that I can take a break at work. Honestly, I can’t see the discussions continuing with a vastly reduced audience (my prediction of what the paywall will do). So no, I don’t plan on subscribing,

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  • 5. nickp  |  September 28, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    who is paywall

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