Taking The Plunge: How Newspaper Sites That Charge Are Faring | paidContent
Newspaper: Valley Morning Star City: Harlingen, Texas Average paid circulation: 23,294 Pricing plan: Online-only subscriptions are available for 75 cents a day, $3.95 a month, or $39.50 for the year. Daily print subscribers get free access to web content and also to an e-edition of the paper. Weekend subscribers have to pay an additional $3.16 per month for online access, while Sunday-only subscribers have to pay $3.56 a month. Event listings, obituaries, AP stories, video, blogs, and classifieds all remain free.
As more newspapers kick around the idea of charging for content, much of the attention has been focused on the pay models employed by the bigger players like the WSJ and the Financial Times. But quietly, some small- and medium-circulation papers are coming up with their own formulas to get readers to pony up for access to their websites. We checked in with some of these papers to find out how much they are charging and how they’re faring.
paidContent: Taking The Plunge: How Newspaper Sites That Charge Are Faring <some figures beside #WSJ & #FT, mixed picture http://j.mp/5r14J [from http://twitter.com/frankhellwig/statuses/3816403648]