Pioneer Press is instituting a paywall

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Two years ago, the Star Tribune rolled out a paywall. On November 1, the Pioneer Press will follow suit.

SEE ALSO: Strib for sale?

Will City Pages be next? Guess you'll just have to keep coming back here to find out!

The mailer sent to PiPress subscribers was shared on Twitter by Star Tribune reporter Rachel Stassen-Berger: And former MinnPost media reporter David Brauer provided a bit of analysis about who stands to gain from the PiPress's move: According to a recent report in Newspaper Death Watch, more than one-third of U.S. papers have instituted some form of a paywall in recent years. But the report notes that a number of major papers, including the San Francisco Chronicle and the Dallas Morning News, have taken down or curtailed their paywalls this year as they struggle to compete with local outlets that continue to give away their content for free.

On the other hand, the New York Times' circulation revenue reportedly increased by $63 million the first year after it instituted a paywall. And Strib management hasn't shown any indication it's reconsidering its paywall, which, until about a week ago, was easy to circumvent with the help of the refresh and stop buttons on your browser.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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13 comments
galamaria
galamaria

Anyone who thinks newspapers (and by extension, journalism) are pointless and irrelevant deserves to get all of their information from Fox News.  (Oh, wait a minute - or maybe they can't read.  That's a possibility too.)

helmmatthews
helmmatthews

Psst, you can get around Strib's paywall. Pass it on.

Ran Dazzle
Ran Dazzle

pioneer press? its not really even a newspaper is it?

_Joe_
_Joe_

What's a 'newspaper'?


Sounds an awful lot like they're talking about those free firestarters they leave on my lawn from time to time.

NoBrainer
NoBrainer

Hmmmmm. So you have a choice: Pay wall Star Tribune or pay wall Pioneer Press. 

Who has more reporters and editors? Star Tribune. 

Who has more photographers? Star Tribune.

Who has national, sports and feature content selected by justly paid Minnesotans, and not "Thunderdome" kids in New York who have never been here? Star Tribune.

Who has more local advertising? Star Tribune. 

Who won a Pulitzer? Star Tribune. 

Who opposed gay marriage? Pioneeer Press.

So which should get my money? Really hard decision.

Cara Flora
Cara Flora

because no one is buying newspapers anymore except people who want biased news.

ajlalk3
ajlalk3 topcommenter

Star Tribune's "paywall" is easily bypassed by using Chrome's Incognito mode.

Kurt Hendricks
Kurt Hendricks

The only way I see paywalls working is if several institutions get together and offer each of their services for one modest fee. There are just too many sources of free news to expect people to pay for access through several individual paywalls - too much of a hassle.

Craig R
Craig R

Oh Lordy! Where are we going to get our news??????

_Joe_
_Joe_

@galamaria 

Really?  You think the argument is against journalism in general?  Dude, the medium is what is largely irrelevant.  Journalism is essential to society.  Now only if we could find some somewhere....  Seriously, with the exception of a small handful of journalists who can't do it all alone, there is very little in the way of actual reporting happening today.  Real information no longer flows from the major networks which are all pandering to one interest or another.  They're all too terrified of upsetting someone with the truth.

I'm guessing you're old as fuck.  The advent of webcomics was the final nail in the coffin for newpaper print as a relevant contribution to society.

But I still loves me some daily sudokus.

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