MediaNews, which is making post-bankruptcy plans, tells Bloomberg News that it will give users access to as many as 25 “premium” articles monthly, after which they’ll have to pay an undetermined fee unless they subscribe to a MediaNews print publication.
MediaNews is calling the “metered pay wall” similar to one at the Financial Times.
MediaNews plans to test the concept at its papers in Chico and York, Pa., in the next few months. Then the pay wall might be extended to the company’s 52 other daily newspapers including those in the Bay Area.
MediaNews will use Steven Brill and Gordon Crovitz’s Journalism Online to process payments for its sites.