A School Supply Drive, The CA’s Paywall and Why City Ranking Articles Are Wrong

Posted by Holly Whitfield | December 6th 2011 1488 0

365 Memphians - C. James Bye

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C. James Bye has only been in Memphis for about four months, but he's settled in and making things happen. He's an adjunct English professor at Southwest Tennessee Community College and a debate team judge. He's also started a record label called Stir Up Your Grey Matter that features bands from Memphis, Chicago and Wisconsin.

In other news:

– You know those city ranking articles that either make us really happy or kind of angry at the haters? Salon.com has a great article about how those articles are made and why they're usually wrong.

– The Commercial Appeal's paywall is up, and here's what you need to know: you can read 10 articles for free on commercialappeal.com every month, but after that, you'll have to pony up for a $10 per-month digital subscription (if you've got a print subscription, you can access the website). Access to their mobile site is also limited to those with paid subscriptions. Unlike with other newspaper paywalls, the CA's wall also applies to articles that you click on through social media links. The CA's blogs, however, seem to be exempt. Note, though, that they've been rolling out special web-only projects that may make the paywall worth it for you.

The Eclectic Eye is having a school supply drive for five Memphis elementary schools. They're collecting new school supplies until Dec. 31 at their Midtown and Collierville locations. Also, if you buy a pair of frames from the eyewear boutique between now and the end of the year, they'll donate $5 to purchase new supplies.



Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. Leefordlyle says:

    $9.99 a month for the CA?  Absurd.  I went to it a lot while it was free.  It was an excellent resource of odd little local happenings that I wouldn't pay to read about.
    I'm curious if you can get the usage statistics after the paywall went up.  I'll bet a drink that the traffic dropped by at least 50% overnite.
    This sux.
    At least do a tiered pay scale.  There are things I'd like to read (Calkins), but the majority I can live without.

  2. Jay says:

    I subscribe to Sunday paper only (I pay $7.85/mo) and digital subscription is included.

  3. Joe says:

    I think it is absurd to expect people to pay for content that was generated with no overhead by people who create it for free!  What's next? Are they going to expect us to pay for music?

  4. MemphisBen says:

    Are they serious with this paywall?  This has got to be the easiest paywall in the world to get around.  If you keep your browser settings nice and secure the way they should be – you'll never even see the paywall. 

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