The Future of Print

Newspaper Publishers Hold Secret Confab On Charging For Web Content

Posted in Boom by futureofprint on May 29, 2009

Two dozen newspaper publishers, including representatives from the New York Times Co. (NYSE: NYT), Gannett (NYSE: GCI), E. W. Scripps, Advance Publications, McClatchy (NYSE: MNI) Company, Hearst Newspapers, MediaNews Group, the Associated Press, Philadelphia Media Holdings, Lee Enterprises (NYSE: LEE) and Freedom Communications, quietly attended the Newspaper Association of America’s annual meeting in Chicago today to discuss ways of charging readers for online content. The Atlantic’s James Warren has the agenda for the “Models to Monetize Content” conference. The event was organized by the Newspaper Association of America, though it was not listed on its website. The private discussion was first mentioned back in April by Alan D. Mutter on his Reflections of a Newsosaur.

Warren, who oversaw the layoffs of 100 staffers at the Chicago Tribune last year as the paper’s managing editor, said that expects a large number of the publishers who attended to start charging for some online content because “they don’t know what else to do.”

via Newspaper Publishers Hold Secret Confab On Charging For Web Content | paidContent.org.

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