Sun-Times walls off online content

December 12, 2011

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Last Thursday, the 'Chicago Sun-Times' became the city's first city newspaper to charge for online content.

The Chicago Sun-Times has made its online content a little less accessible; the newspaper put its paywall into place last week and now all visitors will be limited to 20 page views per month. Non-subscribers will have to shell out $6.99 a month. The Sun-Times was not alone in trying to charge for its content: The New York Times and the suburban Daily Herald both erected paywalls recently--but, the Sun-Times was the first daily in Chicago to make the move. To find out what all that meant for the Sun-Times and its readers, Eight Forty-Eight turned to Barbara Iverson, a professor of journalism at Columbia College and the publisher of ChicagoTalks.org.

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