It won’t be the first paper and it won’t be the last one but it seems that the Baltimore Sun is going to start charging for access to their website, baltimoresun.com starting Oct 10. Online customers will still have access to 15 pages each month for free but over the course of a month that really isn’t very much. Paid subscribers will have unlimited access and the site will offer different payment plans but one of them is up to $49.99 for 26 weeks. With so many places to have access to news it is questionable if this model will endure for a small paper like the Baltimore Sun. They are throwing their hat in a ring with some big papers including the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal but only time and impressions will tell if this is a model that can sustain itself in Baltimore.
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