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83% won't pay for newspaper articles online

KPIX CBS5 commissioned a poll that found 83 percent of people won’t pay for newspaper articles online.

Here’s a link to Sue Kwan’s report Wednesday about the poll and the idea of charging for news online.

Among those in her story is newspaper industry blogger Alan Mutter who points out, “You are facing an entire generation of that has been conditioned to getting everything for free.” He says pay sites only work if the content is exclusive and it helps a reader make money or save money.

The KPIX survey asked those who are willing to pay for news if they favored a flat rate or they wanted to pay by the article. Flat rate won with 76 percent.

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