Welcome! I'm Simon Owens and this is my media newsletter. You can subscribe by clicking on this handy little button: Publishers can charge for access to online communities, but it’s hard There are dozens of ways for publishers to generate revenue these days, but if a media outlet rolls out any kind of paid subscription product, chances are the company has placed some form of content behind a paywall. After all, content is the core offering of most publishers, so it makes sense to position it as the main benefit for paying subscribers. Name any successful subscription publisher -- The New York Times, Netflix, Spotify -- and it probably charges users for access to content.