LAT Paywall Hits Competitor Where It Hurts

Ben Baeder, once the deputy metro editor at the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, now runs news website downeybeat.com. There, he works with a couple of writers and a photographer to try and live up to the site slogan “Breaking News First.”

Today however, his thoughts were given over to a competing news operation, the LA Times. Nine days after the paper activated a website paywall, Baeder has already hit his article limit:

What a weird feeling I have. On one hand, I’m glad the Times is putting some value on the hard work of its journalists. On the other, I feel a selfish sense of entitlement to free, informative, well-researched news — as if it just appeared on the page without any real work being put into it.

Baeder says he is determined to keep his own site free. Even if it means having to get going on the ad sales front.