As pay-walls go up, free alternative news sources arise

With newspapers across the country struggling to pay expenses, pay-walls are going up at more and more of their web sites. These pay-walls require users to pay for online content that they've become accustomed to getting for free. As old institutions buckle down and attempt to restrict access, new organizations are bringing together human edited news pages to deliver free news stories to casual news consumers.

This past week Time magazine became the latest news source to add a pay-wall to its content, joining The Wall Street Journal (though it's pay-wall is fairly easy to circumvent) and London's Times and Sunday Times. The New York Times plans to add a pay-wall next year. Clearly, many traditional news organizations have concluded they can no longer afford to give away their content, which is costly to produce.