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One comment: Not sure I think making the special reports free is the right approach. Surely that type of journalism is particularly costly. Why not price it relative to the regular-article cost? In other words, price it at x times 27cents. This would make clear to those who still don't get it that it is expensive to produce valuable content that holds those in power to public account.
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Amanda Le Rougetel
A journalism school grad from 1988(!), King's College, Halifax

Hi Amanda,
Thank you so much for being an early adopter. Your early decision has meant a lot to all of us.
Regarding the Special Reports, because we didn't know at the time when people generously funded these series about the coming of the paywall (mainly in Kickstarters), I feel it's only fair to the funders to make them completely accessible. You are absolutely right, however, that THESE are the most costly projects to produce. But I hope this will encourage people to continue to fund in-depth reporting, whether it's through future Kickstarters we may do, or as individuals or foundations or businesses. We're going to have to continue to nurture all revenue sources until we can be revenue-independent from subscriptions.