If Steve Brill has his way, the New York Times will aggressively push back against the free-content model that's come to predominate on the internet--and the Boston Globe just might follow suit. As Brill puts it in a memo obtained and posted by Jim Romenesko:
The same model might be initiated for
Boston Globe and other Times Company newspapers; indeed, there is a
possibility that the more local papers, with less content competition,
will be able to make the transition just as effectively. But the place
to start (and lead) is at the Times – the newspaper with the best brand
for quality content.
And what, exactly, is the model Brill's proposing? Highlights include charging 10 cents for individual articles, 40 cents for a dailyaccess, $7.50 for monthly access, and $55 for yearly access; giving print subscribers free online access but then moving them to discounted rates; charging for the forwarding of articles; and financially rewarding other sites that link to Times content (Brill calls this "turn[ing] current parasites into a sales force").
There's lots more--and since Brill has apparently met with top brass at the Times Co., his ideas are worth taking seriously.
So tell me, readers: what would you pay for a year of Boston.com/Boston Globe web access? $55 doesn't sound entirely unreasonable to me.