Mr. Sulzberger, tear down this wall

A couple weeks ago, I attended WordCamp with about 400 other bloggers. One of the presenters was the NY Times’ blog master. I had an opportunity to talk briefly with him and explain how their pay wall was hurting the Times. He agreed with me and said he’d take back my suggestion.

Good news: Times to Abandon “TimesSelect” Content.

Posted in Media, News. 6 Comments »

6 Responses to “Mr. Sulzberger, tear down this wall”

  1. Brad Says:

    That whole idea just smacked of covering their ears and pretending the problem wasn’t real. These print guys must adapt and despite some great web presentation (esp. that double click any word for more info feature), their site is catching up slowly. Hopefully this shows they’re moving in the right direction.

  2. whig Says:

    Well, what I told him was how as a blogger I link to stories all the time, but even if I pay to access their TimesSelect content I cannot link to it and have my readers be able to follow that link. I thought perhaps the Times would rather have us link to their site instead of to bloggers who copy their content. He seemed to think that was a good idea.

  3. whig Says:

    As far as print, that’s a shrinking market at best and if they try to defend it at the expense of their online presence they are only prolonging the inevitable decline of their business. A change of approach is needed to adapt to the internet age.

  4. Bryan Says:

    Actually, I said at the time that the change would really impact on their ad revenue because of the reduced clicks. There was no point in making fun of their writers when no one could read the original.

    The problem with their print version is that they are reducing the resources necessary to make it indispensable. I don’t need to buy the NYT to read AP stories. They’ve lost their edge by reducing their news staff. You can support a printed version if you have the local news that people want and need. You will also draw the local advertising. It’s not rocket science.

  5. whig Says:

    The New York Times does remain one of the few credible news organizations of national scope, and with the Wall Street Journal now joining the NoiseCorpse there will likely be one fewer.

  6. cannablog Says:

    And the walls came tumbling down

    Straight from the source:
    The New York Times will stop charging for access to parts of its Web site, effective at midnight Tuesday night.
    The move comes two years to the day after The Times began the subscription program, TimesSelect, which has charged…

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