The news that the New York Times plans to start making heavy online readers pay for access -- here's the link -- is just one more indication of how the web's future may play out.
Our own publisher, Michael Schroeder, has frequently said he plans to start charging for access to our newspaper's website. You can be sure the day will come when it happens.
It's an odd thing, really, that more people than ever read stories that reporters write, thanks to all those online readers, but the revenue has not only failed to keep pace, it's declined.
We're actually providing more news to more people than ever. But we have to find ways to bring in the money to pay for reporters, editors, photographers and the array of wonderful people who actually bring in the cash by selling ads and such.
Perhaps the Times is on the right path.
Lord knows we have to do something differently.
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