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Editor’s Note: Encyclo has not been regularly updated since August 2014, so information posted here is likely to be out of date and may be no longer accurate. It’s best used as a snapshot of the media landscape at that point in time.

 is a service that assists news organizations in charging for content online.

The service was founded in April 2009 as part of the company Journalism Online by entrepreneur and CourtTV founder , former Wall Street Journal publisher , and investment fund manager . In March 2011, Journalism Online was acquired by  for . RR Donnelley was reported to be seeking to sell the company in late 2013.

Press+ is not designed to implement a particular paid-content model. Brill and Crovitz said in Press+’s early days that the tool has for paid content, and they were working with clients on ranging from partly free metered websites to micropayments, donations, and full paywalls. More recently, Press+ that all of its active affiliates had chosen some form of metered model, though the .

Before its sale, the company talked of plans to charge a based on online paid-content revenue.

As of 2013, Press+ had about 450 active clients, which include the , , and newspaper chains, the and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and the . They also include several . All but 5% of the clients were within the U.S., as of 2013.

has instituted a metered model that allows a limited number of free articles each month. A Lancaster, Pennsylvania, newspaper is adding a to charge readers from outside the paper’s geographical area. and are using the service to solicit donations, and the international news startup GlobalPost is to solicit donations and memberships.

Critics of Press+ have questioned  in a competitive field of online payment companies and the viability of charging for content that can be .

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Primary author: Mark Coddington. Main text last updated: November 7, 2013.
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