Update: Dallas Morning News CEO Jim Moroney says the News & Tech report is “not accurate.”
Two major metropolitan dailies plan to put part of their online coverage behind pay walls, according to News & Technology.
The Dallas Morning News, the A.H. Belo Corp. flagship, in the next six months will wall off staff-written stories as well as content about the Dallas Cowboys. Wire service reports and breaking news stories with fewer than 150 words would be free, and seven-day-a-week print subscribers will continue to get it all without additional charges.
The Providence (R.I.) Journal, another Belo property, is also looking at limiting the amount of website content available to nonsubscribers, N&T said.
The N&T report did not say how much the Dallas paper would charge for website access.
McClatchy’s The State of Columbia, S.C., is making its GoGameCocks.com site require a membership costing $50 a year or $10 a month. Fans of University of South Carolina sports who agree to pay the $50 fee will receive one week for free, during which time they can opt out if they aren’t satisfied. Print subscribers get access for free.