Digital First Media builds paywalls for its 75 newspapers

John Paton, CEO of newspaper conglomerate Digital First Media, says the company is going to build paywalls for all 75 of its newspapers, in an effort to put more gas in the tank so the company can complete its print-to-digital journey.

Despite the move to paywalls, Paton says that paid digital subscriptions are not a long-term strategy. They don’t transform anything; they tweak. At best, they are a short-term tactic. Paton believes that long-term revenue for Digital First and other media companies comes from selling a variety of multi-platform products and services to advertisers and marketers.

Weve always been at war with Eastasia

Dont let that shadow touch them American World War II propaganda poster from the Washington State library.

Washington State University says its opened a digital collection of World War I and World War II propaganda posters from around the world. The collection has close to 520 posters made between the years 1914 and 1945.

The high-resolution collection features keyword searches and and a deep-zoom tool.

Blogger Andrew Sullivan earns $791k from subscriptions

Superstar blogger Andrew Sullivan reports that his blog, the Dish, has earned $791,000 since he put up a metered paywall ten months ago, $518,000 of which came from a “pre-subscription drive” before the paywall went up.

Sullivan hopes to earn $900,000 by the end of the year, although back in May he remarked that that the goal looked less likely.

Subscriptions go for $1.99 a month or $19.99 a year.

The Dish saw a surge in subscriptions during October – the highest since last March – which Sullivan figures came from readers wanting to know more about the US government shutdown and threat of default.

Sullivan says the blog now has 30,880 paying subscribers. In October it saw 1.2 million unique visitors and 7.7 million page-views, which he says is the highest number of unique visitors the blog has had since leaving The Daily Beast ten months ago.

As a way to prod freeloaders into ponying up for the subscription, Sullivan says the blog now support house ads that remind readers to subscribe. Paying subscribers who have signed into their account wont see the ads.

So far so great, says Sullivan. The blog raised $3,400 in new subscriptions in our slowest period of the week, which is three times the total of last weekend.

Daily email news digest theSkimm raises $1.1M

Daily email news digest theSkimm says its raised $1.1 million in financing. Homebrew led the funding round. The startup says it will use the funding to expand its audience and refresh the newsletter design.

theSkimm works by summarizing news and packaging it into a daily newsletter that appeals to women. The startup says its newsletter simplifies the headlines for the educated professional who knows enough to know she needs more.