Friday, October 01, 2010

PG plus.... hut

On the meta-news front since there really is so little reporting on reporting around town.  Some small number of folks out there pay for the pay-subscription service the Post-Gazette started up not too long ago....  The euphemistic PG+

An interesting experiment.  I for one never quite got what they thought the potential was to head down a path that the New York Times had given up on.  Remember TimesSelect? Though the NYT has announced it was bringing back content behind a paywall in the near future.  Try and try again they say. Paywalls exist in online media of course, more typically in some financial publications and some overseas.  But Pittsburgh?  We all know we're cheap? 

But it wasn't a failure.  From the meta-media pontificators at is the summary of how they think PG+ is doing: Post-Gazette's Premium PG+ Service Profitable But No 'Holy Grail'

But PG+ has pretty much morphed into a Sports only venue.  No big surprise in town here.  Most all of the non-sports content that was behind the paywall has straggled over to the free world or has quietly faded away. Hard to believe that does not have some sustainable future in it somewhere. This is Pittsburgh after all. So SteelerNation again comes to the rescue.  Even, or especially, in media world. 

I guess I will have to shut down the NullSpace+ site as well.  the sports guy on staff is pretty inconsistent.


Anonymous MH said...

I feel vaguely guilty about not joining PG+. There's probably other people who feel the same way, so maybe they should try a pledge drive.

Friday, October 01, 2010 1:02:00 PM  
Blogger GeneW said...

I joined the PG+ as a way to still support the paper after canceling my daily delivery. I feel that a local press is important and don't want to see the Pittsburgh market dominated by the Trib but just couldn't deal with getting all that paper every day. So subscribing to the + was a way to send them some cash without having to recycle so much paper every two weeks.

Saturday, October 02, 2010 9:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting thought, GeneW. I've never cared to dabble in PG+, precisely because of the sports focus. Still, there might be something worthwhile there, and if not, sticking it to the Trib might be reason enough.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010 2:31:00 PM  

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