What do you guys think of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel…

May 18th, 2009

…deciding to make certain stories online only available to subscribers?

I pay for the physical paper most days, so it won’t really effect me. And I wish them luck in finding a sustainable business model, but I don’t think it’s gonna work.

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  • 1. Tim  |  May 18th, 2009 at 11:50 am

    They’re trying to force circulation. The problem is the paper no longer is worth it. I quit subscribing years ago. There are enough places on the web to find interesting items.

    I hope the paper fails.

  • 2. Fuzz  |  May 18th, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    They (like all newspapers) are losing money hand-over-fist to the internet. Of course, the online pay-to-read model will only work if every newspaper starts to take this approach. Only some good old fashioned collusion is going to allow the newspapers to succeed.

    I, for one, think they should make every article a pay-to-read article. It takes a lot of money to sustain a media outlet, even more for newspapers with tons of reporters, editors, and technical support.

  • 3. folkbum  |  May 18th, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    The problem is that reader dollars never supported newspapers, not even in their print heydays. Reader dollars will not support their online versions, either, and may decrease traffic significantly–killing what actually pays the bills, ad revenue.

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