With the media wrestling with ways to gin up revenue, the Detroit Free Press and Detroit News plan to offer paid online subscriptions.
Starting on Wednesday, Aug. 12, several stories will be marked each day for paid subscribers at both papers.
"The vast majority of papers in the country have some sort of digital access plan to help fund local journalistic efforts," Free Press Editor and Vice President Peter Bhatia said in a statement. "We are grateful for the support of our readers as defined by the massive digital audience we have every day. We're asking now for a modest contribution to make sure we keep local journalism strong for our readers in Detroit and Michigan."
Detroit News Editor and Publisher Gary Miles echoed those sentiments, saying in a News story:
"We need our most loyal readers to support the reliable local journalism they've come to know and expect. Long-term, revenue from digital subscribers is an essential part of maintaining our place as the most trusted news source in Michigan."
Current subscribers to the papers or the daily electronic editions will have unrestricted access to subscriber-only stories. The initial digital subscription rate starts as low as $3 for three months.
Publications like the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Washington Post have paid subscriptions.