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The Washington Post to Add Paywall

Do you read The Washington Post online a lot? Get ready to pay for it. The news organization said today that it will begin to charge people who read more than 20 articles a month beginning this summer. Multimedia pieces are counted among these.

The paper did not say how much it would charge, but there are reports that the company has plans to launch an app which could encourage growth in digital subscriptions. Here are more details from a report in The Washington Post: “Its home-delivery subscribers will have free access to all of The Post’s digital products, and students, teachers, school administrators, government employees and military personnel will have unlimited access to the Web site while in their schools and workplaces.”

Twenty articles is generous compared with The New York Times, which puts up a paywall after ten articles.

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Thousands Share Alleged Conn. School Shooter’s Facebook Profile — but it May Not be Him (AllFacebook)
Not long after the name of the shooter who killed nearly 30 people — including 20 children — was released following a tragedy Friday morning at a Connecticut elementary school, many people rushed to Facebook to find the social media profile of Ryan Lanza. The Facebook profile of a Ryan Lanza from Newtown, Conn., was posted all over the Internet, with roughly 9,000 people sharing his profile photo. However, reports have shown that it does not appear to be the same person.

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Is the New York Times Tumblr Actual Journalism?

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I guess, Tumblr fans can calm down and realize New York Times’ associate magazine has joined Tumblr, covering the latest style and culture. I don’t think Tumblr is a journalistic platform. It’s perfect for blogging on the arts and being tightly-knit with the community, or introducing new songs from The Beastie Boys.

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The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza on Web Video: Just Meat and Potatoes Won’t Cut It Anymore

Chris Cillizza, managing editor of The Washington Post‘s PostPolitics and author of blog The Fix, must have been hungry during this session at the Beet.TV Online Video Journalism Summit, as he said newspapers must stop serving up only “meat and potatoes” and offer a “buffet” of content. Cillizza spoke about Web-video successes and failures at the Post.

Chris Cillizza’s The Fast Fix Gives The Washington Post, Yahoo! a Quick Fix

The Washington Post head of video editorial Steven King told Beet.TV the newspaper and Yahoo! have enjoyed a quick fix from The Fast Fix, a co-branded 60-second daily video update in which Chris Cillizza, managing editor of PostPolitics and author of blog The Fix, updates news from the Beltway. The Fast Fix has reached 1 million views per day, virtually equaling the viewership of MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, although, as Beet.TV points out, a comparison of a one-minute Webcast and a 60-minute television show is stretching it a bit.

The Washington Post Paves the Road to Service Alley

Residents of the Washington, D.C., area in need of home-care professionals can now take a stroll down Service Alley, a new online marketplace from The Washington Post.

Service Alley allows users to find, research, and contact local home improvement resources, as well as to keep records on contractors and view other users’ favorites. Logging in with Facebook allows users to see recommendations from friends.

The site is organized into three categories: Inside the Home, covering bath and sink, designing and decorating, drywall and insulation, locks, piano service, pest control, remodeling, and windows; Outside the Home, which focuses on concrete and paving, decks and outdoor structures, drainage, excavation and demolition, solar energy, and trees and shrubs; and Cleaning Services, including carpet and upholstery, ducts and vents, gutter cleaning, hazardous removal, pressure washing, and window cleaning.

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