Pioneer Press is instituting a paywall
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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: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.
Via mailbox: The Pioneer Press will put up a paywall for "exclusive content." pic.twitter.com/RSzZZ4VApM-- R. Stassen-Berger (@RachelSB) October 21, 2013
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.
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