Change of Heart at WSJ – Update

Back in early November, we reported on a news item that indicated the WSJ was considering to remove its subscription-fees for online access. See “WSJ to Follow NYT with Free Online Access” for the original note on this.

Well, come to find out, WSJ will not go that route completely.  They will retain a subscription-based membership for detailed articles, special programs. See article here WSJ.com to Retain Subscription Component

The Net Net:

– Maintain a mix of paid and free content
– They will expand and improve the free part of The Wall Street Journal online
– Special things will still be a subscription service and probably more expensive.

Just more evidence of the challenges print publishers are going through to manage the transition and develop online revenue streams.

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