More From Walter Hussman, the ‘Patron Saint of the Pay Wall’

Noted here mainly for the record, since there’s not much new in this Arkansas Democrat-Gazette piece (on the front of the Business section here in Little Rock) on publisher Walter Hussman’s championing of the pay wall, this time during a Webinar hosted by the American Society of News Editors.

A longtime advocate of subscriptions for online news, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette publisher Walter Hussman was one of two newspaper executives to address charging for online content at a “webinar” hosted Wednesday by the American Society of News Editors.

The model of requiring online readers to pay for some or all of a newspaper’s online content – which the Democrat-Gazette adopted seven years ago – is referred to as a “pay wall.”

The webinar’s moderator, Edward L. Seaton, editor in chief of The Manhattan (Kan.) Mercury, called Hussman the “patron saint of the pay wall and the person who has led the charge to try to solve this problem that all of us are facing.”

You can read the full article here. But read it fast. It’ll soon disappear behind said “pay wall.”

So far, I can’t find any other reporting on this Webinar. The Democrat-Gazette notes briefly that “not everyone thinks now is the right time to be exploring a pay-to-read model on the Web. Several listeners at the webinar, which was attended by about 80 people, mostly newspaper editors, expressed doubt during the question-and-answer session.” The nature of those doubts isn’t explored in the article.


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