Iowa newspaper website publishes paywall-restricted AJC article about Decatur business

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt December 8, 2013

So the AJC published a great story about small businesses increasingly relying on foreign markets to help them grow their companies. The article uses Decatur-based Southern Culture Artisan Foods as its jumping off point and quotes its owner, Erica Barrett.

You can read it on, but it’s behind a paywall. Or you can read it on the website of the Iowa-based Telegraph Herald for free.

So, to review: you can buy a subscription to read a local story on a local website,, or you can Google the story and read it for free on some website based in Iowa.

I wonder if this irony can teach us anything about the logic of paywalls erected by newspapers that have content distribution agreements with wire services?

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