Star Tribune to charge for online news accessby Martin Moylan, Minnesota Public Radio
St. Paul, Minn. — Starting Tuesday the Star Tribune will charge some people who only read the state's largest daily on the Internet.
Sunday print edition subscribers will be charged a dollar to read online stories in excess of 20 stories in a month. Non-subscribers will be charged $2. Introductory rates are lower.
Analyst Ken Doctor said media companies need to change the public's expectation that online journalism is free.
"As we all move from print to digital it's really important that news companies, mainly newspapers and magazines, get their readers in the habit of paying for digital just like they paid for print," he said.
Doctor estimates 150 newspapers in the U.S. and Europe, including the New York Times, are charging for online news. While online newspapers haven't lost many readers, they haven't gained much revenue either.