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Washington Post Debuting Paywall On June 12

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The Washington Post will begin to roll out its paywall on June 12, the newspaper announced Wednesday.

"We hope you will consider subscribing even if you don’t reach the limit; a subscription will provide unlimited access to all The Post’s world-class journalism, multimedia and interactive features and more," publisher Katharine Weymouth wrote on Wednesday. "Importantly, you will also be helping to support our newsgathering operations."

Readers will be able to get 20 articles online for free per month, according to to her announcement, and will also be able to access the website's homepage and section front pages, videos and classified advertising. For access beyond that, subscriptions begin at $9.99 for desktop and mobile viewing. Print subscribers will also get online access for free.

For years, the newspaper spurned the idea of charging readers for content, even as competitors like the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal erected paywalls. The Post finally said it was exploring the possibility of a paywall in December 2012, and announced in March that it would implement one this summer.

Thus far, the model sounds similar to the New York Times' paywall, which went up in March 2011. The Times used to offer readers 20 free articles per month, before amping up the paywall guidelines and cutting the number of free articles down to ten.

The Post's announcement on Wednesday comes one month after the newspaper reported an 85 percent drop in first-quarter net income.

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