Newspapers rethink paywalls as digital efforts sputter

WASHINGTON: Paywalls were supposed to help rescue newspapers from the crisis of sinking print circulation as readers shifted to getting their news online.

But with a few exceptions, they have failed to deliver much relief, prompting some news organizations to rethink their digital strategies.

Newspapers in the English-speaking world ended paywalls some 69 times through May 2015, including 41 temporary and 28 permanent drops, according to a study by University of Southern California researchers.


Related: Torstar cuts 52 jobs, drastically reducing tablet edition staff

Mind you the Star is a bag of shit, so that’s a big reason for declining readership. Read this story on Nadia Shoufani, the teacher suspended for praising the Pallie murderers of children, the Star would have you believe she is under investigation for merely attending an “anti-Israel” rally.

The end of comment sections was a bad move by newspapers as well, I rarely spend much time on Canadian media in general any longer, virtually no time at all on papers that have ended comments.

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