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Postmedia News installs paywall: Queen's University expert

2012-08-28

Queen’s University mass communication expert Vincent Mosco is available to talk about Postmedia News installing paywalls on four of its newspapers’ websites in order to make people pay for their online news.

People who want to read the websites of the National Post, Ottawa Citizen, Vancouver Sun and Vancouver Province will now have to pay after clicking on 15 non-breaking news articles per month.

“The Canadian newspapers face major challenges. Few companies have succeeded with paywalls. Those that have, such as the New York Times, tend to be elite papers with national/global upscale readership, and a reputation for the highest quality journalism,” Dr. Mosco says.

Dr. Mosco is a professor emeritus who specializes in the sociology of communication and information technology and is the author of numerous books on communication, technology and society (including The Political Economy of Communication).

Please note that Dr. Mosco is based in Ottawa.

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