Reviews Newspapers' Paid-Web Models

By: E&P Staff A recent review of how newspaper Web sites that charge for access are doing finds the paid approach is doing well for some, but it is still a small fraction who charge. offers a snapshot of some newspapers that require payments or access, stating: "some small- and medium-circulation papers are coming up with their own formulas to get readers to pony up for access to their Web sites. We checked in with some of these papers to find out how much they are charging and how they're faring.

The site's list is by no means complete. The papers listed tend to be located in smaller, often rural markets; online-only subscriptions are typically priced at a substantial discount to the print edition (in general, about 75% of what the print product costs).

Where numbers can be cited, the number of online subscribers is still a tiny percentage of their print counterparts (less than 5%); and many of these papers say they began charging not so much to make money online, but rather to protect sales of their print editions.

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