MediaNews Group announces paywalls for 23 newspapers in the U.S.

Aug 16, 2011   //   by admin   //   Media blog  //  1 Comment

By Andrew Moran (Guest Contributor/Digital Journalist)

Paywalls are continuing to make their way to American media outlets. MediaNews Group recently announced that its adding the paywall structure to 23 American newspapers across the country, including Lebanon Daily News and Public Opinion.

The future of media has been in question for a longtime now. Since Rupert Murdoch’s media empire and the New York Times began to implement paywalls, other news outlets are experimenting with that type of system as well.

MediaNews Group is the latest news outlet to add a paywall to its arsenal. The group announced this week that it will offer subscriptions for its online content to both print subscribers and non-subscribers to 23 newspapers in the United States.

Readers will be given five pages of editorial content for free each month. The newspapers’ home pages, announcements, classified ads and obituaries will remain free for visitors.

Once they have exceeded that amount, they will then be asked to subscribe to view more content. Print subscribers would pay $1.99 per month or $19.99 per year. Non-print subscribers will pay $5.99 per month or $59.99 per year.

It has been confirmed that there are currently no plans to expand the paywalls beyond the five states.

“The decision to begin charging for our online content introduces a new era for our organization that is reflective of the high value we place on journalistic excellence and serving the community,” said William Dean Singleton, chairman of MediaNews Group and publisher of the Denver Post, in an interview.

“Implementation of online subscriptions will allow us to continue to support the quality writing and reporting that our readers expect from us.”The newspapers affected by the paywalls are listed below:

Daily Democrat, Lake County Record-Bee, Red Bluff Daily News, Redlands Daily Facts, The Reporter, Times-Herald, Times-Standard, The Ukiah Daily Journal and Whittier Daily News.

North Adams Transcript and Sentinel & Enterprise

New Mexico
Alamogordo Daily News, The Carlsbad Current-Argus, Daily Times, Deming Headlight, Las Cruces Sun-News, Ruidoso News and Silver City Sun-News.

Evening Sun, Lebanon Daily News and Public Opinion.

Bennington Banner and Brattleboro Reformer.

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