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Poll: Would You Pay to Read The New York Times Online?

NYw1T HQ.jpgBack in July, we asked readers how much they would be willing to pay for The New York Times online, after a survey from NYTimes.com revealed that potential charges could be as high as $5 a month.

A whopping 44 percent of our readers responded that they wouldn’t pay anything to read the Times‘ content, which actually is a little bit better than both the national average of people willing to pay for online content (about 50 percent), and the percentage of random people in SoHo willing to open their wallets (63 percent), according to other polls.

But now that Arthur Sulzberger has actual — albeit far off — plans to put up a metered pay wall for the Times in 2011, we wondered if anyone’s tune has changed. So now the question isn’t how much you’re willing to pay, but if you’ll pay at all. Let us know!


Would You Pay to Read The New York Times Online?(trends)

Previously: Would You Pay To Read NYTimes.com?, New York Magazine Poll: Newspapers and New Media Neck and Neck, But No One Willing To Pay, New Yorkers Less Willing To Pay For Content Than Rest of Country

Critics Respond To Times‘ Pay Wall Plans

425825719_3bf95d6e86.jpgHow long have we been living under the looming shadow that is the threat of a New York Times‘ pay wall? The answer most likely is since TimesSelect’s fall in 2007, after the paper’s first attempt at getting online readers to pay for content.

Since then, publisher Arthur Sulzberger has made vague promises, culminating in today’s announcement of a plan to launch a metered pay model on NYTimes.com next year. It makes sense: last year saw the Times‘ hemorrhaging money (losing $35 million in the third quarter alone), and speculation that the paper wouldn’t make it to 2010.

Thankfully, Carlos Slim stepped in last year, but it still remains to be seen how the Grey Lady will make it back into the black. While alienating some readers, the metered system of content-charging that Sulzberger is planning may actually be the best compromise between giving away your product for free and going on almost total lock-down mode like the The Wall Street Journal. Under this plan, The New York Times will eventually allow you to read only a certain number of articles per month before asking you to subscribe, much like Variety or The Financial Times (although some have pointed out that the FT‘s model is looking more and more like the Journal‘s).

But even before today’s not completely unexpected announcement, media critics were chomping at the bit to react to the Times‘ possible pay plans. After the jump, a look at what some of them are saying.

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More On Times Online Pay Model: The Memo

nyt logo.jpgAlthough details are scarce about The New York Times‘ decision to launch a metered pay model on its Web site next year, announced this morning, publisher Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. and New York Times Co. CEO Janet L. Robinson sent a memo to staff today explaining the impetus behind their decision.

As suspected, the reason behind the move is the search for an additional revenue stream, which Sulzberger and Robinson said, “will be an important part of our future.” They added:

“While digital advertising will continue to be the major contributor to our success on the Web, we expect that online subscription revenue will improve our ability to grow an important part of this business.”

As for the choice of a metered model versus, say, The Wall Street Journal‘s model requiring payment for full access to exclusive stories, Sulzberger and Robinson said the move will allow the Times to “remain a vibrant part of the search-driven Web, which has proven to be an integral reason for why we have become an industry leader in display advertising.” Who said Google News wasn’t good for something (ahem, Rupert Murdoch)?

Sulzberger and Robinson also addressed concern from critics recently — criticism which has reached a fever pitch since a New York magazine report surfaced over the weekend revealing the paper’s pay model plans a few days in advance. The execs admitted there are challenges ahead, and they are taking it slowly, planning to roll out the pay model a year from now. As they told their staff:

“Ultimately, we recognize that the success of our ideas will be judged by how well we execute this effort in the months to come. That is why we are waiting until 2011 to introduce this new system. To pursue this new approach requires that we utilize the full energy and intellect of all of you. All that work begins today…It will take time to get this right.”

Other things to take away from the memo: while the idea of joining a consortium with other publishers is still on the table, this metered model will be a “stand-alone product.”

In addition to the memo, the paper also published their own story today about their announcement, emphasizing their desire to take it slowly and get their pay model right. Executive editor Bill Keller, has reportedly “embraced the plan,” telling the Times:

“It underscores the value of what we do — trustworthy, aggressively reported professional journalism, which is an increasingly rare and precious thing. And it gives us a second way to sustain that hard, expensive work, in addition to our healthy advertising revenue.”

After the jump, the full memo sent to Times staffers today.

Read more: The Times to Charge for Frequent Access to Its Web SiteNew York Times

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Times Announces Pay Model

nyt logo.jpgAfter months of hemming and hawing The New York Times today finally announced plans for a pay model for its Web site, NYTimes.com.

The model will be a metered plan, as predicted by New York magazine’s Gabriel Sherman over the weekend. Although announced today, the plan won’t go into effect until next year, the New York Times Co. said.

The metered plan will allow users to access a certain number of articles for free before being prompted to pay for additional access, much like The Financial Times‘ current model. Subscribers to the print edition will continue to have free access.

Said publisher Arthur Sulzberger, Jr.:

“Our new business model is designed to provide additional support for The New York Times‘ extraordinary, professional journalism. Our audiences are very loyal and we believe that our readers will pay for our award-winning digital content and services.”

Full release after the jump

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New York Times Hits Upon New Plan to Shed Employees

newrrrktimes.jpgDon’t plan to get paid for your sick days: New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger sent a company-wide memo today yesterday announcing the closing of the cafeteria for an outbreak of “gastrointestinal symptoms” that may or may not be due to the food being served at the newspaper headquarters. The memo reassured readers that “affected employees are on the mend” and that the NYT was working closely with the health department on this issue.

Unfortunately this prohibits at least one person from doing their job, as the TimesDiner’s Journal blog was quick to speculate: “Could this possibly explain why The Times‘s restaurant critic, Sam Sifton, grabbed his coat and left in such a hurry a few minutes after the memo hit his inbox?”

Read More: Gastrointestinal Outbreak at the Times! — Daily Intel

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New York Times Launches Local Chicago Edition Today

the_new_york_times_logo-thumb-200x29-4502.pngToday saw the premiere issue of the much-discussed Chicago edition of The New York Times. The Times has been encroaching on regional news since it started Bay Area coverage last month, and the launch in Chicago is further indication that Arthur Sulzberger and company are betting the future of journalism is in hyper-local coverage.

But it’s not just the outreach to other cities that has competing publications worried: The Tribune Company, which owns The Chicago Tribune and The Los Angeles Times, lost several of its editors to the newly-formed Chicago News Cooperative, the organization now providing content for the Chicago edition of the Times. The co-op will be providing two additional pages of Chicago-based coverage for the Times twice a week, which will be added to the paper for the region.

Meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal launched their own San Francisco edition earlier this month, proving one again: If you bill it, they will come.

Read More: The Times to Begin Chicago Edition on FridayNew York Times

Previously: More Tribune Employees Join Chicago News Cooperative, Tribune Employees To Create Content For NYT In Chicago

Stewart vs. Fox News|WaPo Co. Sees Income Rise|Beckman Takes Control Of W|Meacham’s Take On Print Media

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TVNewser: Jon Stewart and “The Daily Show” devoted nearly 12 minutes last night to discussing the Fox News vs. White House feud and a mocking analysis of Fox News’ distinction between news and opinion programming.

MediaJobsDaily: Reporting its third quarter earnings, the Washington Post Co. posted a $7 million increase in income while revenues at the company’s newspaper decreased 20 percent to $156.3 million.

WWD: Richard Beckman, president and CEO of Conde Nast‘s Fairchild Fashion Group, which publishes WWD and Footwear News, is taking over control of W as well.

Daily Intel: Days after Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger compared print media to the Titanic, Newsweek editor Jon Meacham tried a different analogy: “Forgive my possibly overly facile analogy here, but when we are looking at the digital delivery of the printed word, we are kind of where the Sony Cassette Walkman was,” he said. “There will be, I think, an interim step that will be a CD Walkman. And then it seems to me there’s going to be an iPod.”

Tribune Employees To Create Content For NYT In Chicago

Today’s New York Times news has to do with the buying of content from former Chicago Tribune employees. Considering that Sam Zell ran the Tribune and his other assets into bankruptcy, there’s a certain irony in those writers and editors (who formed a lawsuit against Zell last year) teaming up with Arthur Sulzberger and Co. to provide material for another paper.

And James E. O’Shea, a former Los Angeles Times editor and Chicago Tribune managing editor, is defecting to the new Chicago-based non-profit group, The Chicago News Cooperative, that will be providing the Times with local content for its Chicago edition — which is similar to the Bay Area edition launched last week.

Also part of the group, which is funded in part by The MacArthur Foundation (known for their NPR patronage and support of journalists) is Ann Marie Lipinski, former Tribune editor. That’s both great news for the Times, which is looking expand its local content to different areas of the nation, and a giant stick in Zell’s craw. Everyone wins?

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Jon Stewart Mocks CNN|LAT Mag Names New Editor|Star-Ledger Faces More Cuts|The Atlantic Names Brave Thinkers

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TVNewser: Jon Stewart gave CNN some pretty harsh criticism last night on “The Daily Show,” mocking the news net’s anchors’ favorite parting phrase, “Let’s leave it there.”

FishbowlLA: LA, Los Angeles Times Magazine, the monthly magazine for the Los Angeles Times has named a new editor, Nancie Clare, the pub’s former deputy editor.

New York Times: Looks like 200 voluntary buyouts earlier this year were not enough for New Jersey newspaper The Star-Ledger. Publisher George Awady sent a memo to staff informing them that the newsroom needs to be cut by at least 50 people. Awady offered more voluntary buyouts but if the paper can’t meet its staffing goals that way, there will be layoffs, he warned.

New York Observer: A look at The Atlantic‘s upcoming new special issue featuring “brave thinkers,” a list that includes NBC Universal CEO Jeff Zucker and The New York TimesArthur Sulzberger.

We Are Family: Sulzberger-Ochs Grandnephew Joins NYT Newsroom

NYT_08_21_09.jpgThe New York Observer reports that Associated Press reporter Sam Dolnick will join the Metro desk at The New York Times. Oh, and he’s the grandnephew of former NYT publisher Arthur Ochs “Punch” Sulzberger. A Times spokeswoman said Dolnick will start September 14.

After Arthur Gregg Sulzberger (son of Arthur Sulzberger, Jr.) joined the Times staff in February, ‘City Room’ bureau chief Sewell Chan told mediabistro.com, “He has been absolutely impressive, gracious, smart as a whip, hardworking, full of energy, full of ideas, and has a great sense of language.” Let’s hope this holds true for the new legacy on the block.

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