WBEZ | paywall http://www.wbez.org/tags/paywall Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en What exactly is the Tribune asking us to pay for? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-11/what-exactly-tribune-asking-us-pay-103747 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/tribune%20paywall.jpg" style="height: 331px; width: 300px; float: left; " title="" />When the&nbsp;<em>Chicago Tribune</em>&#39;s paywall went up last week,&nbsp;Bill Adee,&nbsp;Vice President for digital development and operations <a href="http://www.wbez.org/sections/media/chicago-tribune-launches-paywall-103602">said there</a>&nbsp;was a great deal of Trib content &quot;worth paying for,&quot; like &quot;Chris Jones on theater, David Hall on sports, [and] Pulitzer Prize winner Mary Schmich.&quot;</p><p>But writer Coya Paz says that, &quot;With the exception of theatre reviews, I never read the <em>Tribune </em>when it was free, so it&rsquo;s hard to imagine I&rsquo;d pay for access now.&quot; Read an excerpt of her thoughts below or listen above:&nbsp;</p><p><em>When I was a teenager, living in a depressing strip mall suburb, I spent a lot of time imagining what my life would be like when I grew up. I would live in glamorous metropolis, in a giant loft apartment with no furniture except for a giant mattress in the middle of the floor. After wild nights out with my fabulous but tortured artist friends, I would wake up in bed with my impossibly hot lover and we would lie around for hours, drinking coffee, eating croissants and reading the newspaper. This seemed the height of sophisticated adult living: coffee and newspapers.</em></p><p><em>Now that I am an actual adult, I live in Humboldt Park, in a tiny, two-bedroom apartment cluttered with Ikea furniture and my three-year-old&#39;s plastic toys. I have no wild nights out with fabulous friends, though I do stay up late reading tortured Facebook statuses. In the morning, I eat a sensible, low-fat, high-protein breakfast and drink my coffee in the bathroom while I simultaneously try to put on mascara and brush my child&rsquo;s teeth. Every now and then my partner whizzes by, waves her iPad in front of my face and asks, &quot;Did you see this?&rdquo; pointing to some item of interest she found on </em>Buzzfeed <em>or </em>Pulse<em>. </em></p><p><em>I get the rest of my news on the radio or from Twitter, scanning 140 character headlines and clicking through to the full article when I have a minute. Despite all this, I feel pretty well informed. </em>Glamour Magazine<em> sends me a weekly email letting me know which nail polishes work best with current trends. </em><a href="http://gozamos.com/">Gozamos</a> <em>sends me a daily email letting me know about Latino-oriented arts and culture events happening near my &lsquo;hood. </em>Poets.org<em> sends me two poems a day, the </em>New York Times<em> sends me book and movie reviews and President Obama sends me hourly updates on how much money Mitt Romney has raised.</em></p><p><em>So when I heard the news that, as of October 31<sup>st</sup>, the </em>Chicago Tribune <em>will be charging $14.99 to access its online site, I was very surprised. Was there really a market for this? Like really, really, really, really? </em>The New York Times<em> is one thing, but the </em>Tribune<em>? Are people that loyal to their particular brand of commentary that they&rsquo;ll pay $14.99 a month for it? </em></p><p><em>It seems&hellip; steep. I mean, I&rsquo;m not opposed to paying for things I value, even when I could get them for free. I give money to </em>WBEZ <em>and I never even ask for the thank you gift, mostly because I think the last thing I want to be is one of those people who are carrying a public radio tote bag, like, &quot;Look at me, I&rsquo;m a liberal!&quot; I pay for MP3s instead of just having my DJ friends send me songs through Dropbox. And whenever a tip jar goes around, I&rsquo;ll throw a few bucks in, you know, just to be decent. </em></p><p><em>I&rsquo;m not opposed to subscribing to things either. I subscribe to dozens of magazines;&nbsp;</em>Lucky Magazine<em>, </em>Real Simple<em>, </em>Fast Company<em>, </em>New York Magazine<em>,</em> US Weekly<em>, </em>American Theatre Magazine<em>&nbsp;and</em> Natural Living<em>. I love holding a magazine in my hand, turning the pages, flipping back to a previous article to doublecheck something&nbsp;</em><em>&ndash;</em><em>&nbsp;lip gloss color, I don&#39;t know. Even when I don&rsquo;t have time to read magazines, I like having them around because it holds the promise of having time to read all those magazines. And best of all, I like passing them on to other people when I&rsquo;m done, getting a dog eared glossy in exchange. </em></p><p><em>Online access just isn&rsquo;t the same. . . .</em></p><p><a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/" target="_blank">The Paper Machete</a>&nbsp;<em>is a weekly live magazine at the Horseshoe in North Center. It&#39;s always at 3 p.m., it&#39;s always on Saturday, and it&#39;s always free. Get all your&nbsp;</em>The Paper Machete Radio Magazine&nbsp;<em>needs filled&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/paper-machete" target="_blank">here</a>, or download the podcast from iTunes&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-paper-machete-radio-magazine/id450280345" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p></p> Thu, 08 Nov 2012 09:53:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-11/what-exactly-tribune-asking-us-pay-103747 Sun-Times walls off online content http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-12/sun-times-walls-online-content-94816 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-December/2011-12-12/Tribune Times Getty Scott Olson.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The<em> <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/" target="_blank">Chicago Sun-Times</a></em> 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 <em>Sun-Times</em> was not alone in trying to charge for its content: The <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/" target="_blank"><em>New York Times </em></a>and the suburban <a href="http://www.dailyherald.com/" target="_blank"><em>Daily Herald</em></a> both erected paywalls recently--but, the <em>Sun-Times</em> was the first daily in Chicago to make the move. To find out what all that meant for the <em>Sun-Times</em> and its readers, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> turned to Barbara Iverson, a professor of journalism at <a href="http://www.colum.edu/" target="_blank">Columbia College</a> and the publisher of <a href="http://www.chicagotalks.org/" target="_blank">ChicagoTalks.org</a>.</p><p><em>Music Button: Sven Barth &amp; Induce, "Panty Pop Pros", from the album The Blow Sven Theory, (The Wonderful Sound)</em></p></p> Mon, 12 Dec 2011 14:35:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-12/sun-times-walls-online-content-94816 Fare thee well Food Editors http://www.wbez.org/blog/louisa-chu/2011-12-07/fare-thee-well-food-editors-94683 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-December/2011-12-08/suntimesfood.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-December/2011-12-07/suntimesfood.jpg" title="" width="600" height="325"></p><p>The Sun-Times goes behind a <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-sun-times-start-charging-online-access-94694">paywall</a> today. Kinda, sorta. It's the kind of paywall where you get 20 free page views per every 30 days, before you need to pay to read more. My pageviews will be eaten up by police blotters—39 suburban papers are included too—and the <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/food/index.html">Food</a> section.</p><p>But it just won't be the same.</p><p>Food Editor Janet Rausa Fuller is leaving the paper after 13 years. Her final section came out yesterday. The section will go on under Sue Ontiveros, who was Food Editor for decade, before Janet took over for the last four years.</p><p>Janet was my editor there. She's a rare straight shooter, a writer's editor, out in the field reporting, and was essentially the entire section herself. There's no staff of food writers, much less test kitchen chefs. There's not even a test kitchen. It was just Janet, with freelance writers, and occasionally writing chefs.</p><p>I spoke with Janet recently by phone, she at her desk, after initially replying to her email announcement by asking, "WHAT?!"</p><p>I asked her how she's doing.</p><p>"It's been interesting, but it's all good," she said. "I'm super excited. It's time to move on."</p><p>And of course, why.</p><p>"There was really nothing specific. I've been thinking about it for a couple of months. It sounds so clichéd, but I want to focus on my family."</p><p>Janet and her husband, have two daughters, Veronica, 6, and Ruby, 3.</p><p>"I do my best job here, but I'm burning the candle at both ends. Veronica is in the first grade in an accelerated program. It's a lot to keep on top of those."</p><p>What will she miss?</p><p>"I love working with you guys [the writers], and getting to know the writers' personalities. I have a wonderful staff of freelancers writers and chefs who wrote for free."</p><p>Janet had to talk me off a ledge a few times—because that's what editors do—so I could only imagine what it was like working with writers who don't normally write.</p><p>"It was challenging depending on who it was," she said, "But a lot of chefs are really smart, like <a href="http://www.northpondrestaurant.com/text/theChef.cfm">Bruce Sherman</a>, who I think has multiple graduate degrees."</p><p>"Recipes were often more of a challenge. I tried to keep their voice but sometimes I'd have to say, 'Let's figure out another recipe we could do at home.'</p><p>"I loved that part of the job."</p><p>But a food editor's job is never done these days. In addition to, um, editing, for print and online, like many editors, she also wrote the <a href="http://blogs.suntimes.com/food/">blog</a>, and managed <a href="https://twitter.com/#%21/jrfull">social media</a>.</p><p>"I test recipes at night and weekends at home," she added, "I get groceries on my lunch break and keep them under my desk or in my car."</p><p>"When I'm here, it's boom, boom, boom—no idle chit chat."</p><p>Janet's husband works for Herman Miller's <a href="http://www.geigerintl.com/">Geiger</a> brand as regional manager.</p><p>"He actually works right across the street in the Mart," she said, "But we don't really see each other. We will run into each other in <a href="http://theartisancellar.food.officelive.com/Home.aspx">Artisan Cellar</a>, my favorite place for sandwiches."</p><p>"I usually eat at my desk. So sad, I know."</p><p>But sometimes it's leftovers.</p><p>"I cook every night," she said, "Except Fridays—then we order out. And we make a big Sunday dinner."</p><p>"I try to cook so the girls have leftovers for the next two days. I love the leftovers. It's the smart way to cook."</p><p>What's next?</p><p>"I don't know yet. Maybe I can get involved with <a href="http://commonthreads.org/">Common Threads</a> and <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/louisa-chu/2011-08-26/pilot-light-chefs-get-schooled-lunch-91042">Pilot Light</a>," Janet said, "And <a href="http://www.prairiegrasscafe.com/index.php?page=sara-stegner">Sara Stegner</a> is doing some interesting stuff."</p><p>"There are a lot of exciting things happening in the food world. I hope to still write. And I think there are other things I can do."</p><p>And the very good news is that Janet's voice will not be gone completely from the Sun-Times.</p><p>"I will be doing a little freelancing for the section," she said.</p><p>After we spoke, Janet sent me a short email:</p><p>"This is the most annoying interviewee thing to do, I know, but was thinking about your question about the nonexistent food staff and I would be remiss if I didn't mention page designer Jessica Sedgwick. Like everyone at the S-T, she wears many hats (she also writes a <a href="http://blogs.suntimes.com/shopping/">shopping</a> column and designs other sections), but she's the one making the food section look so damn good every week."</p><p>Like I said, Janet, you are rare indeed.</p></p> Wed, 07 Dec 2011 16:30:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/louisa-chu/2011-12-07/fare-thee-well-food-editors-94683