This is a serious challenge for most online news sources that used to be print-based, as the article describes:As more newspapers close the door on free access to their websites, some publishers are still waiting for paying customers to pour in.The numbers of readers signing up so far suggest that at many papers, "paywalls" aren't about to reverse publishers' deteriorating finances. Yet the results aren't discouraging industry executives, who say their efforts are succeeding in shoring up the core print business after years of declines.
Over the past decade or so, with newspapers' content available free online, their finances have been devastated. Newspapers saw weekday circulation drop by nearly 10 million from 1999 to 2009, about 17% of the total, according to the Editor & Publisher International Yearbook. Print advertising revenue was cut almost in half in that period, according to the Newspaper Association of America.Check out the rest of the article for more. Under what circumstances would you be willing to pay for online news and information?