David Cohn, 2010-2011 Fellow
Harvard’s Nieman Lab asked me what I thought about the NY Times pay wall and I was really excited to see the title of their post “Please stop calling it a paywall.”
As I noted in my thoughts to them: “it’s somewhat inaccurate to call it that. It feels more like a pay-ramp.”
Before I explain further my thoughts on this much opined topic, I want to consider some of what other folks said.
To start: Steve Brill is a major proponent of this. I’m not surprised and while I respect Steve, he has an obvious dog in this race with his Press + company. He NEEDS the Times to succeed in order to get the lower end customers.