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Washington Post To Start Charging Frequent Web Readers

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The Washington Post is feeling pressure to generate more revenue from its web audience.
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The Washington Post is feeling pressure to generate more revenue from its web audience.

The Washington Post says it will begin selling digital subscriptions this summer, asking frequent website users to pay a fee.

The Post announced plans yesterday for a metered subscription model. It will require a paid subscription after viewing 20 articles or multimedia features per month. The company hasn't announced how much it will charge.

Subscribers who pay for home delivery of the newspaper will have unlimited digital access. Also, students, teachers, government employees and military personnel will have free access at school and work.

Post Publishers say news consumers understand the high cost of maintaining top-quality newsgathering and in-depth reporting.

Washington Post Company Chairman Donald Graham has voiced worries that a paywall could reduce the size of the digital audience.

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Perdue Farms, one of the largest poultry companies in the country, says it will change its slaughter methods and also some of its poultry houses. Animal welfare groups are cheering.
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Episode 5: Why 1986 Still Matters

In 1986, a federal official issued a warning: If Metro continued to expand rapidly, the system faced a future of stark choices over maintaining existing infrastructure. Metro chose expansion. We talk to a historian about that decision. We also hear from a former Metro general manager about the following years, and from an Arlington planner about measuring how riders are responding to SafeTrack.

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