With the NY Times, Staying Informed Costs an Arm and a Leg

Yesterday this chart came to our attention. Composed by Michael DeGusta, it compares the price of a yearly subscription to the print version of the New York Times to other major newspapers and online subscription services. We have two words: “Highway robbery.”

Not only do they charge double what the Wall Street Journal does for year-round home delivery, but the New York Times has decided to institute a new online subscription plan.

“As I have said previously, the introduction of digital subscriptions is an investment in our future,” NY Times Publisher Arthur Sulzberger, Jr wrote. “It will allow us to develop new sources of revenue to strengthen our ability to continue our journalistic mission as well as undertake digital innovations that will enable us to provide you with high-quality journalism on whatever device you choose.”

Each month, those who do not subscribe to the NY Times will have free access to 20 articles. After that, readers will be asked to subscribe.

Those who can afford $455 for home delivery will continue to have free access to everything on the newspaper’s website and various apps. For those who do not receive the print edition and who want access to the newspaper’s content across platforms (web, smartphone and tablet), the NY Times is offering an all-access subscription option for $0.99 for the first four weeks and $35 every four weeks after that.

Those who want to read the content on the web and on their smartphone, the price is $15 after the first four months (which are only $0.99). If you’ve got a tablet like the iPad, and also want access to the website on your computer, the subscription will cost you $20 every four weeks after the $0.99 introductory period.

The front page of the website and the front page of each section on the web will be free to view, and you get your 20 articles a month. On all apps, the Top News section will free, but if you’d like to read the latest arts news or science news, you’ll have to subscribe.

I understand that print — and newspapers in general — are struggling but this seems a little crazy. Thank goodness my college, Temple University, gives away the NY Times to its students and faculty. That’s just how I’ll have to get my news until I’ve got a salaried job and can afford these rates.

Does your college give away major national and local papers to students? Would you pay to read the NY Times beyond your allotted 20 articles a month? Tell M.L.T.S. what you think!

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