NY Times Tests A Paywall With A Regional Paper

from the and-what-will-they-learn dept

Last year, the NY Times announced plans to implement a paywall in 2011. We’re not entirely sure what they’ve been working on over the year between the announcement and the actual implementation (as many of the “leaked” details seemed to contradict other comments), but apparently the company is quietly testing a paywall on a separate local newspaper, the Telegram & Gazette in Worcester, MA. The idea is to hide certain local content behind the paywall — which will charge a whopping $14.95 per month to access. Now, looking around, it certainly does appear that the Telegram & Gazette is really the only major news source in Worcester (feel free to correct me if I’m wrong, but I can’t find anything else significant). However, with various local news operations springing up all over the place, it certainly seems like it could make sense for one of them to quickly target Worcester and get a nice jump in traffic.

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Eileen (profile) says:

I’m as liberal as they come, but I have grown pretty damn tired of the NYT of late. I used to enjoy their (typically) well-written, and occasionally well-chosen stories, but they seem to to be headed toward a parody of their former selves. The rhetoric is more evident and grating, and the writing more pompous than refined. Coupled with the fact that they write PR fluff pieces for their favorite corporations, taking statistics and “facts” wholesale from the devil’s mouth, meanwhile attacking others when it is popular (ex: BP, who I am no fan of, but consistently treating all corporations as possible criminals would be more to my taste).

One feature I did like was that the comments on some articles were generally far more thoughtful, mature, and well-written than (for example) CNN, which are downright depressing in both their ignorance and typical venom. Of course I haven’t seen comments for some time, I have no idea why they took that away.

A pay wall will only ensure that I never read the NYT again. No great loss, really.

ChurchHatesTucker (profile) says:

Re: Not many expense accounts.

Bingo. That’s half the reason that the financial papers can make it sorta work. They’re being paid with a third party’s money. The other half is that the timely access to their reporting is more valuable (to a certain group) than it is expensive.

That doesn’t really work for local reporting. Or for 99% of the NYT.

phil (profile) says:


I’m from Worcester; left many years ago and returned to visit recently. The newspaper was always a joke, mostly filled with AP and NYT national stories. Much of the city is depressed and in shambles. Its downtown city center, a remake of Main St. is in shambles, the huge parking garage boarded up. Selling a $15 a month subscription to Worcesterites is like selling a $100 a month ice delivery to eskimos.

vastrightwing (profile) says:

5 readers will pay.. on second thought

maybe even less. Hey guys, people don’t pay for news. They pay for access. Access is essentially free, so how are you going to convince people to pay for something they can already get free? Imagine trying to charge for air. Bad business plan. People can already breath air without paying. So can you add value? Obviously YOU can’t. But eventually someone will.

AW says:

Yeah there’s multiple places to go for information regarding Worcester and the T&G isn’t it. I seriously thought they were a free paper and didn’t realize they charged. You get far better information on Worcester from the paper out of Leominster the “Sentinel and Enterprise”. My local paper has a paywall, but we’re a small town so I just ask my neighbor whats going on, as the information is probably coming direct from the source.

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