According to Free Press, which “was created [in 2003] to give people a voice in the crucial decisions that shape our media,” while the New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune and other dailies have dropped their paywalls for coronavirus coverage, the Boston Globe and the Los Angeles Times have not.
Thus, this Free Press post (tip o’ the pixel to Nieman Journalism Lab).
Here’s some of what Boston Globe Customer Service says about retaining its paywall:
Subscriber support enables the Boston Globe to produce vital reporting that informs and strengthens our community. Our journalists have been working 24/7 with staff across our organization to provide reliable and helpful information to readers as news on the coronavirus pandemic rapidly unfolds. We are currently offering non-subscribers our lowest rate ever – full digital access to BostonGlobe.com at just $1 for 6 months, commitment-free.
(To be fair graf goes here)
To be fair, Boston Globe Media does tout its free coverage at Boston.com, which is sort of CliffsNotes to the Globe, as well as access to some content at STAT and a free newsletter. But that’s hardly the full-court press available at the mother ship.
Which, it seems, is exactly the point the Globe is trying to make.