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4:45 PM ET, March 17, 2011

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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
The Times Announces Digital Subscription Plan  —  The New York Times rolled out a plan on Thursday to begin charging the most frequent users of its Web site $15 a month in a bet that readers would pay for news they have grown accustomed to getting free.  —  Beginning March 28 …
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Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The newsonomics of The New York Times' pay fence  —  Editor's Note: Each week, Ken Doctor — author of Newsonomics and longtime watcher of the business side of digital news — writes about the economics of news for the Lab.  —  It's official — and the world still turns.
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
New York Times paywall: wishful thinking or just crazy?  —  The New York Times just announced a new paywall that will let you see 20 articles a month and thereafter redirect you to a signup for paid access.  However, if you follow a NYT link from some search engines and services like Twitter …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
All You Need To Know About The NYTimes.com Paywall  —  The New York Times has just put up more information about its much awaited paywall.  The digital subscription model was initially announced in January 2010 as an effort to create a second revenue stream while still preserving the newspaper's advertising business.
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Comments on NYT paywall announcement  —  I had a pretty good idea the paywall announcement was coming soon when I wrote the piece about the Times paywall yesterday.  Just a good guess, a feeling it was the time.  —  Now that I've had a chance to read the actual announcement, here's the main problem.
Nat Ives / AdAge:
New York Times CEO on Pay Meter: Possible Slight Dip in Traffic Will be Short Term  —  About 15% of Times Online Visitors Will Hit Gate, Janet Robinson Says in Q+A  —  The New York Times on Thursday announced its long-gestating plan to charge the heaviest users of its web site …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Google Loophole Has Become The Facebook/Twitter Loophole  —  There are a lot of interesting angles to the news this morning about The New York Times' new paywall.  Top news will remain free, a set number of articles for all users will remain free, there will be different pricing tiers …
Discussion: CJR
Washington Post:
Editor's Note: An apology  —  Two articles published by The Post online and in its print editions earlier this month contained substantial material that was borrowed and duplicated, without attribution, from The Arizona Republic newspaper.  —  The articles described an indictment …
Ray Wert / Jalopnik:
How The Detroit News Sold Its Soul  —  Scott Burgess resigned today as The Detroit News auto critic after his editors bowed to a request by an advertiser to water down his negative review of the Chrysler 200.  This is why we can't have nice reviews anymore.  UPDATE More »
Discussion: AdFreak, Poynter and Talking Biz News
Stuart Elliott / Media Decoder:
Last Year Was a Good Year for Ad Spending, Report Finds  —  The recovery in advertising spending continued in the fourth quarter last year, according to a report that is to be released on Thursday morning, resulting in a solid full-year gain compared with the results of 2009.
Discussion: AdAge and Poynter
Jonathan Seitz / Nieman Reports:
British Libel Law: Its Ripple Effect on Journalists Worldwide  —  Germany's Duke of Brunswick was an overweight, autocratic paranoiac who was kicked out of his fiefdom by a peasant uprising.  —  A statement like that might be the reason why the United Kingdom has come to be considered the libel capital of the world.
Discussion: Nieman Journalism Lab
Tanzina Vega / New York Times:
Viral Videos Catch On That Only Hint at a Sponsor's Purpose  —  Can a man with a tiny electronic device hack into the multitude of jumbo screens in Times Square and play videos from his iPhone?  Maybe, if you believe a YouTube video that has been watched by more than half a million viewers in the last four days.
Chicago Sun Times:
Sun-Times Media, Mesirow Financial chief Jim Tyree dies at 53  —  James C. Tyree, chairman and CEO of Mesirow Financial and the chairman of Sun-Times Media, died Wednesday afternoon after battling cancer for several months.  He was 53.  —  “With a heavy heart, I am saddened to tell …
Discussion: Poynter
Arab Media & Society:
Can Al Jazeera English Leverage its ‘Egypt Moment’ into an American Audience?  —  Introduction  —  Al Jazeera English (AJE)1 entered the competitive global news field in late 2006, claiming to give a “voice to the voiceless” as the “world's first English language news channel to have its headquarters in the Middle East.”
Discussion: TVNewser and Media Network
Terry Heaton / Terry Heaton's PoMo Blog:
To what end?  The question that kills media reinvention  —  There's an old church story about a small parish that brought in a new pastor amid certain bickering among the parishioners.  The old pastor had retired, and, after some infighting, the church thought a little young blood would be good for everybody.
Huma Khan / ABCNEWS:
Houses Passes Bill Stripping Federal Funding for NPR  —  Vote Was on Party Lines, Democrats Dismissed Bill as ‘Distraction’ and a ‘Political Stunt’  —  In a largely symbolic move, the House today voted to block all federal funding for NPR, a week after the embattled public radio station found itself …
 
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