According to an article in Ad Age, The New York Times will begin charging for some of its online content beginning in mid-September. While most of its news and features will remain accessible and free, The Times will begin requiring paid subscriptions for access to selected columnists such as Maureen Dowd and Thomas Friedman, along with 14 other columnists from other sections of the paper and two from its International Herald Tribune edition.
Paid subscriptions will include full access to Times archives. Currently, there is a fee charged to retrieve articles over a week old.
The Times has been my personal homepage for years. It's dynamic and frequently updated, full of great writing and features. I have long marveled that all that content is offered up free. Sorry to see the free ride end, but a paid subscription might be an investment worth making.