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Hurricane Sandy blows down the paywalls to New York Times, Wall Street Journal

New York Times, Wall Street Journal drop paywalls due to Hurricane Sandy

By Anthony Garreffa from Oct 29, 2012 @ 0:29 CDT

Not many people like the paywalls to giant media publications, but the New York Times and Wall Street Journal have both just taken down their respective paywalls in preparation for Hurricane Sandy.

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The Wall Street Journal's Digital Network managing editor, Raju Narisetti, announced the decision through a tweet posted on Sunday afternoon, saying that the site would be "open to all visitors" starting Monday.

The Times' assistant managing editor, Jim Roberts, said that his paper would follow suit, allowing free access to storm-related coverage on The Times' website and mobile apps. NYT spokesperson Eileen Murphy also confirmed the decision in an e-mail to Poynter, explaining that the paywall would be brought down on Sunday afternoon.

This joins the news of Google cancelling their Android event in New York City earlier.

NEWS SOURCES:Theverge.com

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