US paywall crumbles

For some newspapers, the paywall is being seen as an attempt at recouping money from people who choose to consume their news online. However, one newspaper has found the experiment less than successful.

New York paper Newsday, struggling to get paying customers since it introduced a subscription service for its website in October last year, is now offering free access to its content until 7 January to showcase the site’s new design.

(Source: MediaGuardian)

This article appears in issue 264 of Media Digest.

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