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Gannett going to paywall

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by dixiehack, Feb 22, 2012.

  1. dixiehack

    dixiehack Well-Known Member

    My phone isn't link-friendly, but story is on Forbes now. All papers except USA Today will allow 5-15 articles a month before cutting off non-subscribers. Better late than never I guess, but seems like a harder sell after gutting content.
  2. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    These paywalls would have been a lot more effective before they took away almost every reason anyone would have with wanting to read a newspaper.
  3. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    This experiment works better for outlets that actually provide content.
  4. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    Sign me up to subscribe to cops and courts briefs.
  5. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

  6. lantaur

    lantaur Active Member

    Here's the link from Forbes. Just says by the end of the year:

  7. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Are they going to offer free bonus articles for vertically mainstreamed moments of life stories with passion topics?
  8. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    It's about damn time.
    I've said before that this is one of the things that can save newspapers, is a major chain like Gannett going behind the paywall. Not only does it finally make people pay for the product, by going companywide you have enough sites that you reinforce the notion they SHOULD pay for the product.
    Let's just hope it's not too late.
  9. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    So I'll be reading even less Gannett output in the future?
  10. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Yeah. I remember when I worked at my now-former Gannett paper, several of us asked quite frequently why we weren't charging people to use the web site. We were told that "their research" showed that we wouldn't get enough pageviews to support advertisers, and it wouldn't affect the paper that much.

    And all the while, circulation started going down, and all we got were more stupid ideas like Real Life, Real News, and constant e-mails asking for suggestions on how to get more readers to the newspaper.
  11. PCLoadLetter

    PCLoadLetter Well-Known Member

    Great news for my shop... since we compete online with a Gannett paper and TV station.
  12. NoOneLikesUs

    NoOneLikesUs Active Member

    Use a proxy when you've reached your monthly limit and you can get around the paywall.
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