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Guardian newspaper avoids a paywall but bets on reader support

London - The Guardian newspaper has grown its membership program to 800,000 supporters within a year and a half. It shifted from offering tote bags, tickets to events and other incentives to concentrating on emotional, service-based requests.

Op-Ed: Paywalls for news sites are doomed by bloggers

It's a question as old as the Internet itself: How do website owners make money from a traditionally free medium? As sites like the Washington Post erect "paywalls" to force readers to subscribe, it is time to re-examine the controversial practice.

Canadian newspapers give status update on digital revenues Special

Toronto - While stopping short of offering real solutions to the continued decline of print ad revenue, Canadian newspaper industry executives provided an interesting glimpse into their attempts at making money from the digital world.

Op-Ed: An alternative to newspaper paywalls

London - The "Sun" newspaper is now hiding behind a paywall, the latest of many to take this route, but is there a better way and more profitable way?

Blogs remaining free in an era of online paywalls, paid content

Boston - In an era of online paywalls and paid content, the Amvona blog remains free to readers. The website does not generate any revenues or profit – no advertisements and paid exclusives have been turned down.

Google threatens to stop linking to French media websites

Internet search giant Google is threatening to exclude French media sites from returned search results if France goes ahead with a proposed law which would force search engines to pay for content.

Op-Ed: The old vs. the new — AP’s NewsRight vs. Google and Twitter

Sydney - AP, like News Corp press and some others, have been bitching about news aggregators for years. They’re seen as “stealing” news and undermining the bottom line of these previously exclusive sources. There’s a few things wrong with this position.

MediaNews Group announces paywalls for 23 newspapers in the U.S.

Denver - Paywalls are continuing to make their way to American media outlets. MediaNews Group recently announced that its adding the paywall structure to 23 American newspapers across the country, including Lebanon Daily News and Public Opinion.

Report: Vocus State of the Media 2011

On Wednesday Vocus released their annual State of the Media report 2011. The report analysed media trends for the past year and made predictions for this year.

'Ongo' attempts to blend news aggregation with paywalls

It calls itself a “personal news service.” Others ask if it’s the craziest startup idea ever. The business is Ongo and it’s a news site attempting to blend aggregated content with paywalls.

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