Investigative reporting = premium paid content?

Within reports of MediaNews Group about to institute a metered paywall at a couple of its newspapers by May is something disturbing. This excerpt is from a Bloomberg report about the newspaper chain’s plans: “The newspapers, in York, Pennsylvania, and Chico, California, will give users free access to as many as 25 ‘premium’ articles monthly,…

NYT paywall quote of the week

This is a quickie. … With all the fuss this week made over the New York Times’ decision to develop and implement a metered paywall on NYTimes.com in 2011, my favorite line comes from a colleague who shall remain unnamed: “Maybe the NYTimes is much more clever than we think. They say they are going…

Personalized news and why the iPad is no savior

If any traditional news publishers are still thinking that the Apple tablet — finally, it has a (strange) name, iPad — points to their salvation by bringing a new business model, they’ll likely be proven wrong. No doubt, the iPad is an incredible, slick piece of technology. It’s not the “Jesus Tablet” that many of…

NYTimes.com’s decision: Preliminary thoughts

So the long-awaited (well, at least by many of us media geeks) decision by NYTimes.com has been announced. And the winner is: THE METERED PAYWALL! According to the Times’ own report, by Richard Perez-Pena: “Starting in early 2011, visitors to NYTimes.com will get a certain number of articles free every month before being asked to…

If NYTimes.com does put up a metered wall…

“New York Times Ready to Charge Online Readers,” said NYMag.com’s Daily Intel in a Sunday report. I’m not sure whether to believe the story or not, but since there’s no definitive word from NYT executives yet, let’s play along and pretend this is an accurate report: NYTimes.com this spring will launch a “metered” web payment…

Hey, news sites: Think like retailers!

Today I received an e-mail promotion from an electronics e-retailer that I’d purchased from before. The after-holidays sales promotion looked interesting, so I clicked the ad to go to the site. I spent very little time there, didn’t see any deals I couldn’t live without, and clicked away. About an hour later, in comes another…

MiamiHerald.com asks for donations (too subtly)

I seem to be one of the few media writers who believes that there’s potential for newspapers to earn a decent revenue stream from donations by loyal website users (and even drive-by’s who want to reward journalistic excellence). It’s not that I think it’s going to save lots of newsroom jobs, but done right, asking…

Guardian phone app: It’ll cost you

The Guardian has introduced a new iPhone app, and its model is one I’ve endorsed in the past: iPhone app provides a much better experience than the mobile website Mobile version of Guardian website remains free iPhone app costs to download ($3.99 US, £2.39 UK) iPhone app content is free (beyond buying the app), but…

Another CP&B take-away for news industry: T-people

(This is the second post based on a Boulder Digital Works workshop I attended earlier this week, led by key executives of Crispin Porter & Bogusky. First post here.) I’ve been thinking a lot lately about cross-disciplinary teams and how the diverse skill-sets and knowledge that they possess can be combined to effectively work together…

WSJ.com user survey = FAIL

While I do occasionally use the Wall Street Journal iPhone app to look specifically at what WSJ.com has available, on the web I rarely visit the website as a destination (and I am not currently a paying subscriber to either the newspaper or the website). Instead, WSJ.com articles tend to come to me. That is,…

Kachingle beta goes live (Kachingle me, please!)

One of my strongest interests this year has been news and content business models, and how to pay for content that’s given away free online. As a blogger (and my professional interest as a writer, researcher, and consultant on news business models), I’m especially interested in the wave of new solutions for websites and blogs…

A better Newsday.com model

I’ve been getting some pushback on my previous blog item about Newsday’s decision to put up a subscription wall to its website content except for Newsday print subscribers and subscribers of Optimum Online cable/Internet service (same ownership). This actually is a good business model for Newsday because of its unique position, though it probably could…

Newsday’s pay wall: From bad to worse

What’s wrong with this webpage I encountered the other day? Besides the lack of wisdom of a general-interest newspaper (Newsday) putting a pay wall on its website for non-unique content (my opinion, shared by many other media experts), the worse part is that Newsday.com is leaving money behind. Double-dumb. Here’s my experience: I saw a…