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8:35 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 …
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 …
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.
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
A promoted New York Times Twitter trend for paywall talk  —  If you're a journalist on Twitter today, it's probably an understatement to say this morning's announcement of The New York Times' digital subscription plan is blowing up your Twitter stream.  But here's something interesting we noticed …
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: paidContent and CJR
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 »
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: Poynter
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Scribd's HTML5-Based Document Viewer Is Now Portable, Retroactively Upgrades 20M+ Embeds  —  Last May, document sharing hub Scribd launched one of its biggest features yet: a document reader based entirely in HTML5.  Up until then Scribd had presented its documents using …
Discussion: VentureBeat and MacStories
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
Mike Webb / ProPublica:
Watch The ProPublica Long-Form Storytelling Event  —  Last night, ProPublica and the New School sponsored a public conversation on “Long-Form Storytelling in a Short-Attention-Span World.”  The event featured This American Life's Ira Glass, The New Yorker's David Remnick, Frontline's Raney Aronson-Rath …
Discussion: Nieman Storyboard and Poynter
MediaShift:
A Twitter Chat About Writer Pay Rates in the Digital Age  —  Business content on MediaShift is sponsored by the weekend MA in Public Communication at American University.  Designed for working professionals, the program is suited to career changers and public relations or social marketing professionals seeking career advancement.
Discussion: Soup
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.
The Atlantic Wire:
Anna Holmes: What I Read  —  How do other people deal with the torrent of information that pours down on us all?  Do they have some secret?  Perhaps.  We are asking various people who seem well-informed to describe their media diets.  This is from a conversation with Anna Holmes …
 
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