This summer The Washington Post will begin charging regular visitors of more than 20 articles or multimedia features a month, though the pay scale hasn’t been solidified:
The paper said, however, that it would exempt large parts of its audience from having to pay the fees. Its home-delivery subscribers will continue to have free access to all of The Post’s digital products. And students, teachers, school administrators, government employees and military personnel will have unlimited access to The Post while in their schools and workplaces.
Access to The Post’s home page, section front pages and classified ads will not be limited.
Donald Graham, chairman and chief executive of The Washington Post Co., has been among those most concerned about possible adverse affects of charging for content but has agreed to the model.
“We are obviously looking at paywalls of every type. But the reason we haven’t adopted one yet is that we haven’t found one that actually adds to profits,” Graham said at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference in December. “But we are going to continue to study every model of paywall and think about that, as well as think about keeping it free.”