News website subscriptions and Center Maryland – A path forward

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The Baltimore Sun and the Carroll County Times are moving this month to a start charging frequent readers of their daily news websites. Under the plans announced by both publications, Internet users will be permitted to read 15 free articles per month, and then be shut off from the content unless they pay a monthly fee.

At least three other major publications in Maryland already have been requiring paid subscriptions for all or part of their news content, including the Maryland Daily Record, the Baltimore Business Journal and the Easton Star Democrat.

So what is a non-profit like Center Maryland to do with our daily mix of original content and aggregated political, government and business news and opinion from dozens of Maryland print, broadcast and online outlets?

We believe that the thousands of people who rely on our email and website each day for their first look at what’s happening across Maryland want us to continue, regardless of whether the articles that we link to are behind a paid subscription wall. We expect that many of our readers will sign up for those digital subscriptions, and they will still be able to click through to the articles we highlight.

Nevertheless, we also understand that some readers will want to limit their views, to stay under the 15-article maximum imposed by publications like the Baltimore Sun and Carroll County Times.

So on Monday, October 10th, Center Maryland will begin including the name of the original media organization for each piece of aggregated content, at the end of each article summary.

Our goal is for readers to know, in advance, whether each link is directing them to a website that requires a paid subscription.

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