The Baltimore Sun will begin charging frequent users of its website a subscription fee Oct. 10, joining several news organizations that have recently established price tags for online information.
Two things: Newspapers should charge for their online content — it is idiotic and an inane business plan to give what costs thousands to produce away for free. However, you can only expect people to shell out money for something that is worth paying for. In the past few years The Sun has cut staff by dramatic numbers, and when you look and read their paper it shows. Charging web readers will only be successful if they restore some of this paper’s former greatness first.
Read more about what’s in store for web readers here.