Sign of the Times: Paying for Online Content?

by Chris Lingebach

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – The Washington Post, one of the forerunners in adapting its medium to the age of the internet, is instituting a “Paywall” on Wednesday, June 12, charging readers $9.99 to access more than 20 articles per month on desktop and mobile devices.

You heard right. What was once free will now be charged.

The following exemptions to this pay-per-read structure are as follows: students, teachers, school administrators, government employees and military personnel who sign on from their schools or workplaces, along with click-throughs from Facebook and Twitter.

106.7 The Fan’s Holden and Danny, longtime supporters of Dan Steinberg’s DC Sports Bog – a blog-style approach to the Washington Post – broke down the ramifications a Paywall could have on daily sports readership, a conversation fueled by a passionate Twitter debate on Wednesday (see below).

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“I’m not going to do it,” Danny said Thursday. “Not because it’s not worth it to me; not because I don’t think people should pay for services, I like to reward companies that are forward-thinking. This is backwards thinking to me.”

“The bog is an everyday click. Every day I read it,” Holden responded. “I don’t miss a Boswell column, and you know we talk to guys all the time from there. It’s now to the point though where there’s so many other outlets that I can go for information that I’m not going to pay $10 a month.”

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