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Gannett lifts news paywall for coronavirus content

By David Wildstein, March 17 2020 3:11 pm

Gannett has lifted their paywall on coronavirus content, becoming the last newspaper in New Jersey to do that.

“The vast majority of coronavirus content across all of Gannett’s local sites is marked free as a public service and will remain that way throughout this pandemic,” said Amalie Nash, the vice president of local news at Gannett.  “There may be a limited number of stories that are behind the metered paywall, but those are the exceptions and do not include important public safety stories, tips for avoiding the virus, information on school and business closings and so much more.”

Gannett operates ten daily newspapers in New Jersey: The (Bergen) Record, Herald News, Daily Record, Courier-News, Home News Tribune, Asbury Park Press, Courier-Post, New Jersey Herald, Burlington County Times, Courier-Post and Daily Journal.

POLITICO New Jersey still has some coronavirus stories behind a paywall.

“In addition to providing the majority of this content free of charge, we’ve taken additional steps to keep the public informed,” Nash said.  “We launched a Nation’s Health section in print and digitally at USA TODAY that is running in many of our local newspapers and online, we have national and local coronavirus newsletters people can sign up for, we’ve formed Facebook groups to solicit and answer reader questions. And those are just a few examples.”

Nash said that Gannett takes “very seriously our mission to serve the public in times like this.”

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