Zipay follows-up on the below report by noting that if you have an RSS feed from Newsday.com (and are a non-subscriber) that you will have one click to read the latest post and if you follow him on Twitter his hyperlink to Blue Notes will continue for free as well.
Steve Zipay at Blue Notes reports that starting next Wednesday, if you are not an Optimum Online customer or Newsday subscriber, you will have to pay to use Newsday's website including Zipay's blog.
Zipay adds that non-subscribers will have to pay what comes out to 66 cents per day.
Here's Zipay's reasoning...
"Hess doesn’t give away gas, restaurants don’t offer free food, Blackberries aren’t handed out at subway stops.
Somebody’s producing the goods.
So are we."
...the newspaper industry has been absolutely destroyed by the internet and economy, so I can't kill Newsday for actually trying to make a profit. But my concern is that the hit in on-line readership that Zipay will face could affect the quality of his work. Meaning, Newsday may decide, hey, your readership is down so we won't be sending you to report from practice anymore or possibly deciding not to send him to away games. That would be devastating for us Ranger fans who rely on Zipay to get us the latest news.
...but be assured my friends, I am a Newsday subscriber, so I will have access to Zipay and will continue to post on what Zipay is reporting. Which probably isn't a good thing for Zipay or Newsday because why would you pay for something you could get here for free. Sorry Zip.