300 U.S. newspapers are now charging a fee to read their digital content

The number of U.S. newspapers with metered paywalls or other digital-subscriber initiatives has more than doubled in the past year as publishers race to boost their digital circulation revenues.

By mid-September, close to 70 of Gannett Co. Inc.’s 80 U.S. Community Publishing papers will have metered plans in place while Lee Enterprises will have had similar initiatives launched in a majority of its 52 markets. In fall 2011 only a handful of USCP and Lee dailies were charging for their digital content.

Approximately 300 U.S. newspapers are now charging a fee to read their digital content, according to News & Tech research.

New York, California, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois and North Carolina are among the states that boast the most dailies with meters or other online content restrictions.

Among papers that have recently flipped the switch on metered plans are The (Phoenix) Arizona Republic, The Leader-Telegram in Eau Claire, Wis., The Indianapolis Star and The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch. The Chicago Tribune rolled out a membership program that managers said will likely be the first step toward digital subscriptions.

McClatchy, meantime, said it will expand its digital-subscription strategy to additional markets in the fourth quarter of 2012. The publisher, which now has a metered plan in place at The Modesto (Calif.) Bee, is adding meters to five other papers this fall, including the flagship Sacramento (Calif.) Bee.

 News & Tech published a list of newspapers who are charging a fee to read their digital content:


  • Decatur Daily/Private


  • The (Phoenix) Republic/Gannett (September 2012)


  • The (Little Rock) Arkansas-Democrat/Wehco
  • Northwest Arkansas Times
  • Baxter Bulletin in Mountain Home/Gannett


  • Enterprise Record in Chico/MediaNews-Digital First
  • Times-Standard in Eureka/MediaNews-Digital First*
  • Lake County Record-Bee/MediaNews-Digital First
  • Lompoc Record/Lee
  • Los Angeles Times/Tribune
  • Modesto Bee/McClatchy
  • Napa Valley Register/Lee
  • Desert Sun in Palm Springs/Gannett
  • Red Bluff Daily News/MediaNews-Digital First
  • Redlands Daily Facts/MediaNews-Digital First
  • Sacramento Bee/McClatchy (scheduled for summer 2012)
  • U-T San Diego (San Diego Union-Tribune)/Private
  • Santa Barbara News-Press/Private
  • Santa Maria Times/Lee
  • The Record in Stockton/Dow Jones
  • The Ukiah Daily Journal/MediaNews-Digital First
  • The Reporter in Vacaville/MediaNews-Digital First*
  • Times-Herald in Vallejo/MediaNews-Digital First*
  • Whittier Daily News/MediaNews-Digital First
  • Daily Democrat in Woodland/MediaNews-Digital First

*Selected MediaNews-Digital First dailies have dropped paywalls on Mondays in markets where Monday editions are no longer being printed.


  • Fort Collins Coloradoan/Gannett
  • Daily Sentinel in Grand Junction/Seaton
  • The Tribune in Greeley/Swift


  • The Day in New London/Private (Premium content)
  • The Chronicle in Willimantic (Private)


  • News Journal in Wilmington/Gannett


  • South Florida Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale/Tribune
  • Key West Citizen/Cooke Communications
  • (Melbourne) Florida Today/Gannett
  • Orlando Sentinel/Tribune
  • Pensacola News Journal/Gannett
  • Tallahassee Democrat/Gannett


  • Atlanta Journal-Constitution/Cox (Website free; premium content for iPad users)
  • Augusta Chronicle/Morris
  • Ledger-Enquirer in Columbus/McClatchy (Scheduled for summer 2012)


  • The Honolulu Star-Advertiser/Black Newspapers


  • Post Register in Idaho Falls/Private
  • Lewiston Tribune/Private
  • Moscow-Pullman Daily News/Privately owned
  • Idaho Press-Tribune in Nampa/Pioneer
  • Idaho State Journal in Pocatello/Pioneer
  • Rexburg Standard-Journal/Pioneer
  • Times-News in Twin Falls/Lee


  • Daily Herald in Arlington Heights/Paddock
  • Pantagraph in Bloomington/Lee
  • Canton Daily Ledger/GateHouse
  • Times-Courier in Charleston/Lee
  • Chicago Sun-Times/Private
  • Herald & Review in Decatur/Lee
  • Register-Mail in Galesburg/GateHouse
  • Journal-Standard in Freeport/GateHouse
  • The Daily Register in Harrisburg
  • The Lincoln Courier/GateHouse
  • Mattoon Journal-Gazette/Lee
  • Pekin Times/GateHouse
  • Journal Star in Peoria/GateHouse
  • Quincy Herald-Whig/Quincy Newspapers
  • Rockford Register-Star/GateHouse
  • The State Journal-Register in Springfield/GateHouse


  • Herald Bulletin in Anderson/CNHI
  • Herald Republican in Angola/KPC Media Group
  • The Star in Auburn/KPC Media Group
  • News Sun in Kendallville/KPC Media Group
  • Indianapolis Star/Gannett (September 2012)
  • Journal and Courier in Lafayette/Gannett
  • Spencer Evening World/Private
  • Times-Union in Warsaw/Private


  • Ames Tribune/Stephens Media
  • Des Moines Register/Gannett
  • Iowa City Press-Citizen/Gannett
  • The Courier in Waterloo/Lee


  • Hutchinson News/Harris
  • Leavenworth Times/GateHouse
  • The Manhattan Mercury/Seaton
  • Ottawa Herald/Harris
  • Morning Sun in Pittsburg/GateHouse


  • Courier-Journal in Louisville/Gannett


  • Town Talk in Alexandria/Gannett
  • Daily Advertiser in Lafayette/Gannett
  • Daily World in Opelousas/Gannett


  • The (Baltimore) Sun/Tribune
  • Carroll County Times/Landmark
  • Cecil Whig in Elkton/Chesapeake
  • Easton Star-Democrat/Chesapeake


  • Times Record in Brunswick/private
  • Ellsworth American (weekly)


  • The Boston Globe/NYT (Premium site and free site)
  • Cape Cod Times/Dow Jones
  • Sentinel and Enterprise in Fitchburg/MediaNews-Digital First
  • Standard-Times in New Bedford/Dow Jones
  • North Adams Transcript/MediaNews-Digital First
  • Daily Hampshire Gazette in Northampton/NNE
  • Telegram & Gazette in Worcester/NYT


  • The Daily Telegram in Adrian/GateHouse
  • Battle Creek Enquirer/Gannett
  • The Holland Sentinel/GateHouse
  • Lansing State Journal/Gannett
  • Times Herald of Port Huron/Gannett
  • Sault Ste. Marie Evening News/GateHouse
  • Traverse City Record-Eagle/CNHI


  • Crookston Times/GateHouse
  • Free Press in Mankato/CNHI
  • Star Tribune in Minneapolis/Private
  • Rochester Post-Bulletin/Private
  • St. Cloud Times/Gannett
  • Winona Daily News/Lee


  • Sun Herald in Biloxi/McClatchy (Scheduled for summer 2012)
  • The Commercial Dispatch in Columbus/Private
  • Hattiesburg American/Gannett
  • The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson/Gannett


  • Booneville Daily News/GateHouse
  • Southeast Missourian in Cape Girardeau/Rust
  • Lake Sun in Camdenton/GateHouse
  • Columbia Daily Tribune/Private
  • Hannibal Courier-Post/GateHouse
  • The Examiner in Independence/GateHouse
  • Springfield News-Leader/Gannett


  • Billings Gazette/Lee
  • Great Falls Tribune/Gannett
  • Helena Independent Record/Lee
  • Montana Standard in Butte/Lee
  • Missoulian in Missoula/Lee
  • Ravalli Republic/Lee


  • Lincoln Journal Star/Lee
  • Omaha World-Herald


  • Nevada Appeal in Carson City/Swift
  • Elko Daily Free Press/Lee (June 2012)
  • Lahontan Valley News in Fallon/Swift
  • Record-Courier in Gardnerville/Swift
  • Reno Gazette-Journal/Gannett

New Hampshire

  • Eagle Times in Claremont/Private
  • Concord Monitor/NNE
  • Foster’s Daily Democrat in Dover/Private
  • The Citizen in Laconia/Private
  • New Hampshire Union-Leader in Manchester/Private
  • The Telegraph in Nashua/NNE
  • Portsmouth Herald/Dow Jones

New Jersey

  • Asbury Park Press/Gannett
  • Home News Tribune in East Brunswick/Gannett
  • The Daily Record in Morristown/Gannett
  • (Newton) New Jersey Herald/Quincy Newspapers
  • Courier News in Somerville/Gannett

New Mexico

  • Albuquerque Journal/Private
  • Alamogordo Daily News/MediaNews-Digital First
  • Carlsbad Current-Argus/MediaNews-Digital First
  • Deming Headlight/MediaNews-Digital First
  • Farmington Daily Times/MediaNews-Digital First
  • Las Cruces Sun-News/MediaNews-Digital First
  • Ruidoso News/MediaNews-Digital First
  • Silver City Sun-News/MediaNews-Digital First

New York

  • Press and Sun-Bulletin in Binghamton/Gannett
  • Buffalo News/Berkshire Hathaway (Oct. 1, 2012)
  • Messenger Post in Canandaigua/GateHouse
  • The Leader in Corning/GateHouse
  • Star-Gazette in Elmira/Gannett
  • Glen Falls Post-Star/Lee
  • Hornell Evening Tribune/GateHouse
  • Ithaca Journal/Gannett
  • Times Herald-Record in Middletown/Dow Jones
  • Newsday in Melville/Cablevision
  • The New York Times/NYT
  • Poughkeepsie Journal/Gannett
  • Rochester Democrat and Chronicle/Gannett
  • The Daily Gazette in Schenectady/Private
  • Observer-Dispatch in Utica/GateHouse
  • Wellsville Daily Reporter/GateHouse
  • News Journal in Westchester County/Gannett

North Carolina

  • Asheville Citzen-Times/Gannett
  • The Independent Tribune in Concord (tri-weekly)/World Media Enterprises
  • Daily Advance in Elizabeth City/Cooke Communications
  • Fayetteville Observer/Private
  • Goldsboro News Argus/Private
  • Daily Courier in Forest City/Paxton
  • Daily Reflector in Greenville/Cooke Communications
  • Daily Dispatch in Henderson/Paxton
  • Hickory Daily Record/World Media Enterprises
  • News-Topic in Lenoir/Paxton
  • McDowell News/World Media Enterprises
  • Mooresville Tribune/World Media Enterprises
  • News Journal in Raeford/(weekly)/Private
  • Rocky Mount Telegram/Cooke Communications
  • Sanford Herald/Paxton
  • Statesville Record and Landmark/World Media Enterprises
  • Wilson Daily Times/Private
  • Winston-Salem Journal/World Media Enterprises


  • The Akron Beacon Journal/Black Press
  • Suburbanite in Akron/GateHouse
  • Telegraph-Forum in Bucyrus/Gannett
  • The Repository in Canton/GateHouse
  • Chillicothe Gazette/Gannett
  • Columbus Dispatch/Private
  • Coshocton Tribune/Gannett
  • News-Messenger in Fremont/Gannett
  • Lancaster Eagle-Gazette/Gannett
  • The Lima News/Ohio Community News**
  • News Journal in Mansfield/Gannett
  • The Marion Star/Gannett
  • The Independent in Massillon/GateHouse
  • The Times-Reporter in New Philadelphia/GateHouse
  • The Advocate in Newark/Gannett (September 2012)
  • News Herald in Port Clinton/Gannett
  • Times Recorder in Zanesville/Gannett

**Paywall, which was put in place when Freedom Communications owned The News before selling it to OCN in May 2012, can be avoided if reader participates in Google Consumer Surveys.


  • The Daily Ardmoreite in Ardmore/GateHouse
  • News-Star in Shawnee/GateHouse
  • Tulsa World/Private


  • Albany Democrat-Herald/Lee
  • Ashland Daily Tidings/Dow Jones
  • Corvallis Gazette-Times/Lee
  • Medford Mail-Tribune/Dow Jones
  • News-Review in Roseburg/Swift
  • Statesman Journal n Salem/Gannett


  • Morning Call in Allentown/Tribune
  • Bedford Gazette/Private
  • Bloomberg Press-Enterprise/Private
  • Public Opinion in Chambersburg/MediaNews-Digital First
  • Erie Times-News/Privately held
  • Daily Sun in Hanover//MediaNews-Digital First
  • The Standard-Speaker in Hazleton/Shamrock
  • Wayne Independent in Honesdale/GateHouse Media
  • The Daily News in Huntingdon/Private
  • Lancaster Newspapers/Private
  • Lebanon Daily News/MediaNews-Digital First
  • Oil City Derrick/Private
  • Pocono Record/Dow Jones
  • Republican-Herald in Pottstville/Shamrock
  • Morning Times in Sayre/Private
  • The Times-Tribune in Scranton/Shamrock
  • News-Item in Shamokin/Shamrock
  • The Daily Review in Towanda/Shamrock
  • Waynesboro Record Herald/GateHouse
  • York Daily Record/MediaNews-Digital First
  • York Dispatch/MediaNews-Digital First

Rhode Island

  • Newport Daily News/Private
  • Providence Journal/A.H. Belo

South Carolina

  • Greenville News/Gannett

South Dakota

  • Argus Leader in Sioux Falls/Gannett


  • Leaf-Chronicle in Clarksville/Gannett
  • Jackson Sun/Gannett
  • Daily News Journal in Murfreesboro/Gannett
  • Nashville Tennessean/Gannett
  • Commercial Appeal in Memphis/E.W. Scripps
  • The Oak Ridger in Oak Ridge/GateHouse


  • Dallas Morning News/A.H. Belo
  • Star-Telegram in Fort Worth/McClatchy (Scheduled for summer 2012)
  • Lubbock Avalanche-Journal/Morris
  • Temple Daily Telegram/Private
  • Waco Tribune-Herald/Robinson Media
  • Wichita Falls Times Record News/E.W. Scripps


  • The Spectrum in St. George/Gannett


  • Barre-Montpelier Times Argus/Mitchell
  • Bennington Banner/MediaNews-Digital First
  • Brattleboro Reformer/MediaNews-Digital First
  • Burlington Free Press/Gannett
  • Rutland Herald/Mitchell


  • Daily Progress in Charlottesville/World Media Enterprises
  • Daily News-Record in Harrisonburg
  • News and Advance in Lynchburg/World Media Enterprises
  • Progress-Index in Petersburg/Shamrock
  • Richmond Times-Dispatch/World Media Enterprises (Premium content)
  • Winchester Star/Byrd Newspapers

Washington state

  • The Daily News in Longview/Lee


  • Post-Crescent in Appleton/Gannett
  • Baraboo News Republic/Lee
  • Beaver Dam Daily Citizen/Lee
  • Leader-Telegram in Eau Claire/Private
  • The Reporter in Fond du Lac/Gannett
  • Green Bay Press-Gazette/Gannett
  • Kenosha News/Private
  • LaCrosse Tribune/Lee
  • Wisconsin State Journal in Madison/Lee
  • Capital Times in Madison/Lee
  • Herald Times Reporter in Manitowoc/Gannett
  • Marshfield News-Herald/Gannett
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel/Private
  • Oshkosh Northwestern/Gannett
  • Portage Daily Register/Lee
  • Journal Times in Racine/Lee
  • Sheboygan Press/Gannett
  • Stevens Point Journal/Gannett
  • Wausau Daily Herald/Gannett
  • Wisconsin Rapids Tribune/Gannett


  • Casper Star Tribune/Lee
  • Gillette News Record/Private
  • Rocket-Miner in Rock Springs/Private

National/international newspapers

  • International Herald-Tribune/NYT
  • The Financial Times/Pearson
  • The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones