Back in July, we reported that the News and Observer would start charging later this year and today is that day.
It was only a matter of time before other publications followed larger publications like the New York Times. The News & Observer is the latest to implement a paywall. Will it work?
It’s a sad day today at the N&O. Many long time employees finished their last day, and all of them are huge losses for the newspaper. But the staffers turned today on its head, appropriately hassling Gary Pruitt, the CEO of McClatchy, who in the era of cheap credit, traded the financial security of McClatchy to buy Knight Ridder.
In its latest attempt to stay afloat, the California based News & Observer is linking selected article images to an online store where you can purchase high resolution digital photographs in the form of prints, coffee mugs, ceramic tiles, and Christmas ornaments. Full post below the fold.
Today the News and Observer offers another hint that the Raleigh newspaper and the Charlotte Observer are gradually consolidating. The two papers, both owned and operated by The McClatchy Company, already share a bulk of their stories, and some Charlotte staffers have even moved into N&O offices downtown.
On Saturday September 13th The News and Observer sank to a new low. Included in every paper delivered to homes in Raleigh and across North Carolina was an “informative advertisement” that the Vice President of Display Advertising at the N&O compares to cereal and toothpaste. But, instead of health or hygiene, the product is fear laced propaganda.