A personalized news service funded by New York Times Co., Washington Post Co, and Gannett just launched in an attempt to get readers to pay for online news. Ongo, which received $12 million in
funding ($4 million each) from the three newspaper publishers, delivers news from a variety of sources starting at $7 a month, reports Reuters.
The basic subscription plan includes articles from the Associated Press, The Washington Post, USA Today and select stories from The New York Times, Financial Times. Users can add titles, such as the Guardian and the Detroit Free Press, for 99 cents a month for each additional source. Ongo's layout hews closely to print with stories presented in several columns, although it is accessed through Web browsers, smartphones and tablets.
The website is advertising-free to provide a less-cluttered reading experience, reports AP. Ongo described itself in a press release as a "personal news service that gives consumers a fundamentally new way to read, discover and share digital news and information."