About Me

  • I'm CEO of Newspeg.com, a social news-sharing platform. I've spent 20 years at the intersection of traditional and digital journalism. I've helped to invent ways to read and interact with the news and advertising on computer screens and iPads, and before that, I wrote news stories on typewriters and six-ply paper. I co-founded WashingtonPost.com and hyperlocal pioneers Backfence.com and GrowthSpur; served as editor of Philly.com; taught media entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland; and have done product-development and strategy consulting for all sorts of media and Internet companies. You can read more about me here.

January 2014

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
      1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30 31  
Blog powered by Typepad

« Paid Content | Main | Short and Sweet, Please »

February 20, 2007


Tom Grubisich

As you point out, a site should make sure it's got added-value content before it starts charging, and the fee should be reasonable for the average consumer. An Internet-wide "EZ-Pass" won't happen anytime soon, but an alliance of complementary sites might be able to start charging a collective fee for premium content. For example, washingtonpost.com could team up with sites that specialize in technology, health, investing -- any content that the Post doesn't "own," as it does Washington political coverage. The Post and those specialty sites could charge one annual fee ($75 or so) that they'd share based on their contributed value. The trick, of course, would be for the Post and the specialty sites to choose content for premium placement. But your personal example of ESPN/the Gammons baseball notes column perhaps points the way.

Amy Fuller

The EZ pass is being rolled out by a publisher consortium called congoo. I think they have something. Who would subscribe to MTV? But when you roll in ESPN, Nikolodeon and 100 other channels, you have a cable TV model that is very attractive.

Mary Specht

You say TimesSelect made a mistake in choosing to cordon off its columnists. Why? If newspapers are to make some content paid and some free, how do they decide which is which?

What if most content was free, but community features like a personal user profile pages/blogs and article comments were paid?

That would help root out the people who leave obnoxious, thoughtless comments because those people likely aren't committed enough to the publication to be paying customers.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been posted. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment

Your Information

(Name is required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)