The latest to give it a shot is the Journal Inquirer, our east-of-the-river brethren, which announced its intentions here.
The JI is not charging its print subscribers to read it online, but is developing some way to make people who are not buying the paper shell out something to eyeball much of its stuff via the internet.
Whether that'll work or not, I have no idea.
But don't be surprised if The Bristol Press makes a similar decision. Following the JI's lead is not a bad strategy for both making money and making a difference.
My suggestion for one and all is to subscribe to the Press. That's what pays my less than breathtaking salary and that's what makes it possible for us to get out there and report the news.
Update on Friday, April 17th -- Apparently, the JI's experiment is going pretty well. They're providing full access to the paper's website for subscribers. Those who don't subscribe can pay the $154 it would have cost them to get the paper for a year -- and if they don't want the dead tree version, they can simply donate the hard copy to the Newspapers in Education program.
What's interesting to me is that some of the new subscribers are from out of the area, presumably retirees who have moved to sunnier climes or just refugees from Connecticut who want to make a living somewhere. Those folks are a new market for the paper, which otherwise had no reasonable way to make any money off of them.
If the JI continues to see this as successful, you can bet your bottom dollar that The Bristol Press won't be the only other daily in Connecticut to give it a try as well. But I trust we'll upgrade our website first!
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