'NYT' Drops Paywall For Presidential Election

The New York Timesis suspending its paywall for 72 hours, from November 12:01 a.m. ET on Monday, November 7 until 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 9, to allow uninhibited digital access to its content for the “the lead-up through the aftermath” of the presidential election on November 8.

"This is an important moment for our country. Independent journalism is crucial to democracy, and I believe there is no better time to show readers the type of original journalism The New York Times creates every day,” stated Arthur Sulzberger Jr.

The Wall Street Journal and The New York Timeshave a tradition of lowering their online paywalls for presidential election coverage and other important national events.



In 2012, NYT and WSJ lifted their online paywalls for coverage of Hurricane Sandy, giving readers free access to important information regarding the weather emergency, such as location of shelters, lists of school closings and maps of evacuation zones.

In 2011, NYT pulled down its paywall during Hurricane Irene, as well.

Offering free digital access during major events has the potential to boost online ad revenue and attract new subscribers, an important part of legacy publishers’ businesses.

In addition, next week NYT will broadcast live presidential and senate election coverage and will live stream on The Times’ Facebook page, starting at 4:30 p.m. ET on election day.
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  1. Douglas Ferguson from College of Charleston, November 5, 2016 at 9:36 a.m.

    Good to know that their highly-unbiased coverage is available to a wider audience.

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