One of the world's top financial media says another one of the world's financial media has plans this fall to charge for individual articles online.
Financial Times says the Wall Street Journal's existing premium-payment model will be broadened to serve niche-oriented fields like energy, commodities and wealth management. It would expand its premium offering to permit users access to the Dow Jones newswire, essentially taking a professionally targeted product and opening it to the consumer field directly.
It has not yet decided how much individual articles will cost.
The industry has been rife with renewed debate in recent months about the necessity to charge for content currently freely available. The Wall Street Journal's model has been successful for years, but is one of the few such models to have survived.