Clearly Lee has no more f**ks to give and is willing to be proactive about revenue. I applaud their paywall decision, while most other papers are delaying the inevitable switch to paid content. Of note, Lee now has 22 papers underpaywall now with new ones joining every week.
Check out what the Lincoln Journal Star is doing now. They just MORE THAN DOUBLED the subscription print price this week. It is now over 500 dollars per year. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. The Dallas Morning News did the exact same thing two years ago and doubled the price of subscriptions to about the same price. They lost only 10% of subscribers, and circs have been stable since then so it clearly worked out well for them. Lincoln is a different market though. This is a trial market, but I suspect Lee will do the same elsewhere, with subscriptions getting doubled. Print ads are just dying, so revenue has to get pulled from else.
It is a ballsy move, but this is the kind of thing you need to expect when you ride the LEE. If you wanna ride the LEE, hold onto your junk and have Tim Novotny pass the chewing tobacco. It's easy to sit on the sidelines like oedward, and fish around in your mother's purse, looking for your balls. Tim Novotny scoffs at this. Tim Novotny accidently impregnates women by yelling at them in traffic. Ride the LEE.
I am not the only "holdout" there are many, mostly secretive to avoid torment from liberal scum like you. The Republicans are cowards, they dont want Bush there I am not watching the ******* convention!