Miami Herald's Website Will Likely Have a Paywall by End of the Year

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The free ride is over. The Miami Herald's website will most likely have a paywall erected sometime by the end of the year, meaning users may have to pay for their news.

The move follows an announcement in May by the McClatchy Company, The Herald's parent firm, that they would begin testing plans to charges fees for online articles. The Sun-Sentinel also erected its own paywall earlier this year.

The announcement comes from McClatchy's second-quarter earnings reports:
After a number of experiments and analysis on pay models, we intend to roll out a metered plan in the third quarter in five of our markets. We will offer readers a combined print and digital subscription package that will include access to web, certain mobile and replica editions for a relatively small increase to print home-delivery rates. We'll also offer online-only digital subscriptions to users after they read a certain number of pages. Once the first wave is launched, we intend to expand this model to our other markets beginning in the fourth quarter of this year.
The Herald itself reported in May that it will not be among those first five test markets, but this confirms that a paywall for the daily is imminent.

It appears that the Herald's online readers will be able to read a certain number of articles for free before reaching the paywall. That method would be similar to the one The Sun-Sentinel uses. According to traffic monitoring sites like Alexa and Quantcast, the Sun-Sentinel's overall web traffic appears to be down since it implemented the paywall in April.

[via The Pulp]

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28 comments
Floydian Slipped
Floydian Slipped

Hell to the NO! The Miami Herald is the best news outlet that the crooked politicians of Miami Dade County can buy. Hello Associated Press & CNN

Daniel Rivero Trabanco
Daniel Rivero Trabanco

if the herald goes bankrupt we're all worse off. real news should be supported. no, we don't have the NY Times down here, but without the Herald's constant flow of real journalism for our region our brains will rot. i love the new times, but it's far from being a real news source. and fyi sun sentinel already did this in april. of course there are ways to get around it, but even having it sends a clear message that 'we need support.' if you appreciate the coverage, support it.

Gomez Christian
Gomez Christian

peace, it isnt like sunsentinel and miami new times doesnt come thru for us

Elle Burns
Elle Burns

but producing news is expensive! (real news)

Charles Solano
Charles Solano

Nope and you believe that more than you believe in jesus!(lol)

Rob Worst
Rob Worst

Within a year, they'll file for bankruptcy.

Ed Ochoa
Ed Ochoa

NOPE I CAN GET ALL MY NEWS FROM ANY OTHER SITE FOR FREE

Christopher Cooper
Christopher Cooper

Perhaps they will begin to proofread their copy once they begin charging for it.

Bill Brock
Bill Brock

I like the paper version. I line birdcages w/it.

Alex Anico
Alex Anico

ROFL!!!!!!! It aint the WSJ...or the NYT...or even the WP...

Sophie Donovan
Sophie Donovan

I see a lot less traffic coming to their site....

Alejandro de Armas
Alejandro de Armas

fuck no! it's shit news just like any other mass media newspaper... i'd stick to my news times which has way more juicy content...and it's FREE!

Raw Reg
Raw Reg

lolo. nah, We have the New Times!

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