Tucson's Arizona Daily Star Sets Up a Paywall

Categories: Media, Schmedia
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Tucson's Arizona Daily Star has become the latest newspaper to charge readers for access to stories on its website.

The paper unveiled its "metered access" plan this week, along with a $13-a-month price-tag for online news only.

The Arizona Republic, which operates a similar paywall, charges $9.99 a month for unlimited access to stories.

In a video explanation on the Star's site, editor Bobbie Jo Buel says people will be able to read 10 free articles a month without paying.

Subscribers to the physical product have online access included in their subscription price.

The website has also changed from azstarnet.com to tucson.com.

If it's anything like the Arizona Republic's paywall, it will be easy to avoid. For example, using a browser's "porn mode" will give you unlimited access to the Republic online.

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Jukes
Jukes

I could never find anything I was looking for when I went there.  I would remember something I read in the hard copy just a couple of days earlier.  But could I ever find it if I wanted to re-read it?  No.  So why would I pay for that?

marcy
marcy

Didn't the Arizona Republic abandon their failed paywall in favor of webpages overwhelmed with ads and videos?


I get that everyone has to make a buck but nobody wants to read an article only to have some video start playing after sucking up bandwidth.



valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

I would have been willing to pay for azrepublic if they hadn't changed their comment policy to require facebook.


arizonanewtimes.com
arizonanewtimes.com

Only the libtards complain of the charge because they want everything for free.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

New Times seems to have its own form of pay wall lately.

Video ads are much more effective at keeping me away from a news site than any article counter could be.




Jukes
Jukes

@valleynative That drives me away, too.  It completely ruined Huffington Post's comment section.

Jukes
Jukes

@valleynative I have Adbloc on Firefox and I don't get any pop-ups or videos. 

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