Redefining Journalism II – Why the Pay-Wall?

One of the things that is actually redefining journalism is the pay-wall. As you know, the NY Times last week announced the very slow erection of theirs.  Newsday, Long Island’s Daily, put its web site behind a pay wall three months ago, and the results may not be what Cablevision, Newsday’s owner, had in mind.  So far, says Crain’s, Newsday.com has attracted exactly 35 people who are willing to shell out $5 per month to subscribe to the site, and traffic has dropped by half (maybe the only place on Long Island where that is true). To be fair, the site was never expected to be a big generator of revenue.  Print subscribers and Cablevision subscribers (75% of Long Island households) can get access for nothing, so the paid thing is really gravy.

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