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Are paywalls the future?

The New York Times is putting its website behind a paywall. But is this the future of online journalism? Emily Bell, the mastermind behind Guardian online, isn't so sure

By Frieda Klotz   March 2011

A beacon for the future of journalism, or is The Gray Lady making a big mistake?

Earlier today, the New York Times made the long-awaited announcement that it is launching digital subscriptions for its online site. If you want to read more than 20 articles a month, you’ll need to dig in your pockets for $15 every four weeks (this will cover NYTimes.com and the Smartphone App). The changes take effect soon—first in Canada, and from 28th March, in the US and the rest of the world.

New York Times executives have been mulling over the decision for months. They…

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