Blogger alert: Free Internet ride for Sun-Times readers over, sort of

The Chicago Sun-Times is venturing into uncharted territory with its plan to begin charging on-line readers for access to some of its pages. The plan to pay for some, but not access, to its group of Sun-Times city and suburban publications is described here.

This is a gusty move, attempted by very few legacy newspapers. The Wall Street Journal can get away with it, but can the Sun-Times? The landing (home) pages will continue to be free, as will access to all ads (of course).

This, of course, is of great interest to those of us who give away (or who receive very little compensation for) our work product. It's always rankled me that so many of us are willing to work for almost nothing, making it tough for any of us to make a living by this method. The writing market is glutted with freebies and the expectation that we'll be willing to work for free only grows. Bloggers continue to cut their own throats.

So, I wish the Sun-Times good luck with this move.

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