9-28-11: The Baltimore $un
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.