From the New York Times:
Newspapers, including this one, are weighing whether to ask online readers to pay for at least some of what they offer, as a handful of papers, like The Wall Street Journal and The Financial Times, already do. Indeed, in the next several weeks, industry executives and analysts expect some publications to take the plunge.
This used to worry me, but it really doesn’t anymore. With the increasing race to the bottom in a lot of places on the Web, I’m more and more willing to pay for quality, for objectivity, and for real journalism. If the NYT goes behind a paywall, I’ll be first in line to sign up.
The problem is, though, this is only going to work if everyone does it. We all paid for newspapers because we had to, and we wouldn’t be able to consume their contents otherwise. Now, if I can just go to the Washington Post and get what the Times won’t show me, why wouldn’t I?