By PBN Staff
(Updated Tuesday, June 25, 3:40 p.m.)
PROVIDENCE - Providence Business News has changed the way our PBN.com visitors access news and information on the site. Beginning at noon Monday, we moved to what is known as “metering,” a model of accessing online content that is used by The New York Times, the Financial Times and other popular publications.
Essentially, this means that content previously behind a paywall will be available to anyone (along with all previously free content), with limits on how many stories can be accessed in any 30-day period. Subscribers will see no change to their access to the site.
PBN decided to undertake this change because we want the southeastern New England business community to have greater access to all the award-winning journalism and ground-breaking events that we produce.
In an average 30-day period, PBN produces nearly 500 individual news items, from people-on-the-move shorts to three-part series on the evolution of Providence’s Jewelry District (which took home a first-place award in the most recent New England Newspaper and Press Association’s Better Newspaper Competition) to our 5 Questions interview segments with business leaders in the region.
Here is how metering works:
One final point about access: while registered users can access individual stories (including those from our print editions) up to the limit of 12 per month, the digital editions of every week’s print version of PBN, as well as the digital editions of our special sections, can be viewed by print subscribers only.