The Observer: Andrew Clark meets a publisher who’s charging for online news

"Walter Hussman of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette ... has charged for access to its website since 2002. It imposes a $5.95 (£3.60) monthly "fee wall" on its digital content - not, Hussman stresses, to make money online, but simply to protect its sales on newsstands. ... Hussman has bucked industry practice in another way: classified ads in his paper are free, so long as they are placed by individuals and not companies. That has spiked the guns of listings websites such as Craigslist, which has a lower penetration in Little Rock than in comparable US cities."

The Economist: Local newspapers in peril: The town without news

"An advertising slump has hit local newspapers much harder than national papers or other media (see chart). The growing reach of national brands like Rightmove and Auto Trader means that local papers have lost their grip on property and car advertising. Most painful has been the disappearance of job ads. Public-sector recruitment has shifted mostly to official websites in the past few years, and recession has eroded the rest. In July 1999 an edition of the Echo carried 17 pages of job advertisements. The final issue had one-fifth of one page."

Salt Lake Tribune: Newspaper agency’s discount brokerage riles Realtors

"MediaOne of Utah, which handles publishing and noneditorial duties for The Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News , has created a real estate brokerage designed to compete against traditional full-price firms -- and it's causing a stir. ... starting a brokerage puts MediaOne in the position of competing against their realty customers" Big newspaper websites ‘erode value of news’, says Sly Bailey

Trinity Mirror chief exec Sly Bailey: "By creating gargantuan national newspaper websites designed to harness users by the tens of millions, by performing well on search engines like Google, we have eroded the value of news ... News has become ubiquitous. Completely commoditised. Without value to anyone. Other than us as publishers, because we pay for it."

Currybetdotnet: 6 other things newspapers could stop doing for a day to prove their “unique” value

Martin Belam picks apart Cale Cowan's suggestion that "All newspapers in the world need to shut down their websites, if just for a day, to demonstrate that it is the fourth estate that actually provides 90% of the news on the Internet" by showing how many of newspapers' other social functions and sources of value are being eaten away by superior services online...