Metered pay model launched on 'New Mexican' website

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Posted: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 8:41 pm | Updated: 6:54 am, Wed Apr 10, 2013.

The Santa Fe New Mexican has launched a pay model for unlimited access to its website. 

Registration is free, and involves entering only an email address. All readers will be prompted to register on the fifth article. Registered readers will be asked after reading the 10th article if they would like to subscribe. Each month, the article count will reset — making 10 articles available for free each month to non-subscribers.  

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  • Pierce Knolls posted at 12:24 pm on Wed, Apr 17, 2013.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1685


  • WPeterson posted at 10:44 am on Wed, Apr 17, 2013.

    WPeterson Posts: 44

    I frequently post links to stories here on my Facebook page. Many of my friends, from all over the country and the world read these stories. SFNM, do you think those casual readers are going to sign up after they hit their 5 story limit? Not a chance!

    So you have designed a web strategy that will ultimately constrain your potential viewership, and you think that's smart? All this will do is accelerate your withering. Good luck!

  • Pierce Knolls posted at 10:31 am on Mon, Apr 15, 2013.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1685

    The old Disqus system was clunky and awkward, but it was still more poster friendly than this new set-up.

    I buy the Sunday issue of the New Mexican from a vending machine (at Harry's Roadhouse) every week, for an annual cost of $65. If I could get home delivery of the Sunday paper for the same price, and it included web access, I'd sign up. But twice that cost just for internet access is just too much.

  • Pat Shackleford posted at 10:05 am on Mon, Apr 15, 2013.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 570

    Agreed, (although you may never know it). "Disqus" comment system is much better. Now, there's no option of reading comments as "oldest first" or "newest first". There's no way to subscribe to comments for a particular article and know if & when new comments have been made. There's no edit function. I probably would have become a paying subscriber if the old Disqus comment system was still in place. I also enjoyed clicking "like" for some of the comments and found it interesting when certain comments got a lot of them, or not. I don't want paper delivery at all, and would subscribe for online-content-only, were the price about half the $130 a year. I'll still drop in as my monthly article "allowance" permits.

  • Pierce Knolls posted at 9:56 am on Mon, Apr 15, 2013.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1685

    Yup, they've practically destroyed the posting community that previously flourished here.

  • henry griswold posted at 9:51 am on Sun, Apr 14, 2013.

    henry griswold Posts: 218

    this format is way worse than discus, especially w/no 'recent comments' sect & not knowing if someone 'replied' to you!

  • sfviewer posted at 9:29 am on Sat, Apr 13, 2013.

    sfviewer Posts: 1

    I do believe we should pay for the NM to continue to publish online, who can run a business without getting paid for their work ! However I do agree with the many comments that the majority of controversial and political articles seem to very slanted and opinion filled when a news piece should be factual only. It's one reason I left the New Mexican and went to the Journal for daily delivery. I'm sure I'm not the only one. Keep the bias out of the paper and you will get more readers! And yes, the online format you had a couple months ago was better. Check out the Journal for a nice layout.

  • Michael Grimler posted at 9:01 am on Fri, Apr 12, 2013.

    shooter Posts: 190

    SFNM, perhaps you wouldn't have to charge for online subscriptions if you stopped giving your money away to questionable liberal causes.

  • Jesse Belcher posted at 8:46 am on Thu, Apr 11, 2013.

    maverick7919 Posts: 3

    $10 a month is hardly very much to pay to have full access to information on local news, as well as events from Pasatiempo. Not sure why people are mocking the necessary decision to switch to a pay-model. Those who do obviously don't appreciate the reporting in the first place, so not much of a loss for the New Mexican if you choose to not read it anymore. We need a local paper, and they need a revenue stream, hence the new system.

  • Moly Lepke posted at 6:45 am on Thu, Apr 11, 2013.

    Moly Lepke Posts: 9

    Just deleted it from my favorites, good-bye![censored]

  • Sabine Strohem posted at 3:49 pm on Wed, Apr 10, 2013.

    Sabine_Strohem Posts: 119

    Khal: I love that idea!

  • WPeterson posted at 3:15 pm on Wed, Apr 10, 2013.

    WPeterson Posts: 44

    Not worth the price, and not even up to date in term of the content consumption model.

    Put it in the Newsstand on my iPad so I can read it on planes and I MIGHT subscribe if the price were around $20/yr. $120??? Hahahahaha!

  • piques posted at 12:00 pm on Wed, Apr 10, 2013.

    piques Posts: 2

    First of all, it would have been a nice courtesy for SFNM NOT to count this article describing the new pay system as one of the 10 free articles.

    I must also say I liked the old web site better, as it is often hard to find stories that don't make it to the front page of the new site.

    That said, I understand and appreciate the need for some sort of pay system to help newspapers and journalism survive. But times are tough for readers too and $10 month seems like a lot. A pooled revenue site, combining subscriptions for numerous news sites at an affordable rate, is really the way to go.

  • Khal Spencer posted at 11:38 am on Wed, Apr 10, 2013.

    Khal Spencer Posts: 418

    Nothing against the New Mexican, but I currently buy an online subscription to the NY Times and a print/online subscription to the Albuquerque Journal. Another 120 bucks a year ain't going to fly, but that's not because I don't appreciate the New Mexican (liberal bias and all!).

    Has anyone from the New Mexican or Journal thought about some sort of discounted rate or pooled rate so we can read both the Journal and New Mexican for one low price?

  • Sabine Strohem posted at 10:43 am on Wed, Apr 10, 2013.

    Sabine_Strohem Posts: 119

    Mona: Thanks for your ASSumptions about my "attitudes" and for assigning blame, gosh, it must be good to be you.

    Funny, I don't disagree with you, in principle.

    For your information: I have a pay subscription to the Albuquerque Journal and read the journal north. If that's not good enough for you, well, darn. I won't lose any sleep over your opinion.

  • Judy Kaminsky posted at 10:04 am on Wed, Apr 10, 2013.

    Judy_Kaminsky Posts: 27

    I agree that we all need to pay for our newspapers.

    However, the general quality of the writing (pretty poor) and the editorial bias (slightly left of Lenin) that pervades even straight news reporting at the SFNM discourages me from paying $120 per year for the content.

    I concur with other commenters: reduce both the number of free articles and the monthly cost.

  • billabong posted at 9:15 am on Wed, Apr 10, 2013.

    billabong Posts: 1

    And I just used one of my ten to learn "what's this all about?"

  • Mona posted at 9:04 am on Wed, Apr 10, 2013.

    Mona Posts: 1

    If you want to see newspaper reporting and local news survive, and I know a lot of the frequenters of this site do, then please subscribe.

    I criticize the press often, but if newspapers are reduced to skeleton crews, leaving just a few journalists to cover everyone's beat, then coverage suffers (not to mention employment at some of the biggest employers in cities like ours). There are some damn good reporters at The New Mexican, and they need to survive too. This newspaper is worth every bit of that $10 a month and more, and frankly I think 10 free articles a month is too many. Newspapers and their employees are suffering across the nation because of attitudes like those of previous commenters.

    Support your local paper, please, Santa Fe. Let's rally behind one of the few family-owned papers left in the nation.

  • Sabine Strohem posted at 8:17 am on Wed, Apr 10, 2013.

    Sabine_Strohem Posts: 119

    I see the counter at the top now. Well, it was nice reading the New Mexican.
    Thanks for the previous access, but no, I wont be paying to read your website.

  • Corey posted at 7:24 am on Wed, Apr 10, 2013.

    Corey Posts: 5

    There's just no way this content is worth $10 a month. You should consider some kind of access that is less than half that. Better yet, keep it free with a "donate" paypal link at the end of the articles.


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