Doug Fisher picks up on plans by one of Journalism Online’s first public clients, the Intelligencer Journal-Lancaster New Era. The title wants to monetise its obituaries behind a partial paywall, according to paidContent’s report:
In Lancaster, publisher Steinman Enterprises will charge readers outside the circulation area for access to obits, starting with a certain number free and then requiring a fee.
“It’s an interesting move, since obits are one of the most popular landing points at many smaller papers. But I’m not sure they are one of the most monetisable, at least not this way,” comments Fisher.