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New York Times Paywall Goes Up March 28

17 Mar

It’s here. After months of hearing about it, The New York Times will finally implement its paywall starting March 28. Consumers will have to pay $15 a month for unlimited access to all of the site’s content. A certain amount of content remains free, though. Readers get the first 20 articles of the month for free, and much of the content on the front page will be available without cost as well.

As many of us who read The Wall Street Journal and Financial Times know, there are ways to duck the system. Users can search for the articles by Google or Bing and find the full text versions easily available. The Times knows that too, and will limit the number of articles you can access by Google to 5 per day.

Just several years ago, many claimed consumers would never pay for online news content. Journalists hoped that online advertising would increase quickly enough to make up for gaps being formed by decreasing print sales. Unfortunately, they did not and print media companies must look for new sources of revenue.

This move should be seen as necessary and ultimately fair. Most of us don’t read more than 20 articles per month (certainly not more than 5 per day). Those of us that do should pay up.

That being said, the Business Insider already has a guide to getting around the paywall.

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Wall Street Journal Gets Story Completely Wrong

10 Mar

Last week, the Wall Street Journal wrote an in-depth feature piece about Manganaro’s, a deli and restaurant in New York City that would finally close after decades of fighting between brothers and endless litigation. The story detailed the fighting between two brothers that drove a wedge into business and resulted in lots of litigation in courtrooms. Entitled “Eatery Closes After Decades-Long Family Spat,” the story seemed really touching.

One problem. The restaurant is not closing. Restaurant owner Seline Dell’Orto told The New York Observer that the family put the 5-story building they own on the market, but had no intention of closing the restaurant. After the admission, the Journal put out a pretty lame statement:

“While not the best [headline] we’ve ever written, it’s meant to convey the process of closing rather than the moment of closure”

Yeah, whatever. Your reporter screwed up. In the original story, the reporter claimed that many customers complained that the owners were not friendly to customers. Ms. Dell’Orto (one of the owners) replied:

“It’s in the genes! Italians all have the jealousy and gloating and ‘I’m gonna fuck you’ gene.”

Hmmm…. the customer is always right?