Should the New York Times Charge for Online Content?

by Fred Abramson on January 20, 2010 · 0 comments

The New York Times today announced that they are going to charge for online content starting in 2011.  The details are a bit fuzzy in that they have not decided exactly how much they will be charging.  It appears that they are going to be using a metered system, so that only those (like myself) who are frequent readers of the New York Times Website will have to pay.

The fact that the Times has decided to charge again for content is controversial, especially in light of their failed Times Select experiment a few years ago.   From Fox to the Huffington Post, there is so much news out there that people may not miss the Times. On the other hand, there are people like myself, who were subscribers to the newspaper and subsequently cancelled their subscription because the content was given away for free.

The future of journalism is being decided now.  Should the New York Times Charge for Online Content or is this experiment doomed to failure?

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