Los Angeles Times to Enact Paywall

Are paywalls the new normal? They just might be after the Los Angeles Times announced Friday that the newspaper would erect a paywall on its site come March 5. The move comes nearly a year after one of the country’s biggest papers, The New York Times, launched its own paywall in March 2011. Print subscribers of the paper will get access for no additional charge, while a digital-only subscription will cost users $3.99 per week. The New York Times, meanwhile, charges digital-only subscribers a $3.75-per-week fee while giving access to print subscribers for free. Last week Gannett, the country’s largest newspaper chain, announced that all of its papers except its flagship, USA Today, would go behind a paywall.