"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.