Metered pay models comprise bulk of newspaper website pay models

As the search for effective revenue models for online news sources continues, many websites have kept their content free. Newspapers, however, have erected a variety of pay models, including a variety of metered models.

The following is a report on a survey of 333 online news sources including newspapers, digital-born or online-only media, broadcast and cable, a nd alternative weekly newspapers. They were sorted by the type of pay model used to fund their site, including a metered or soft pay model, a hard paywall,a freemium model, a survey-only model or a free model. It should be noted that while these models may provide an important portion of an organization’s funding, there are many additional revenue sources for news sites, including advertising, donations and events.

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