Metered Access Model Comes to the Arkansas Times

In what’s said to be a first for alternative weekly newspapers in the country, the Arkansas Times today announced plans to install a metered access model on its now-free website, including its popular Arkansas Blog. Above, a slick video announcing the plan, which limits access to blog content to 10 views per month unless you pay a monthly fee of $9.99.

I write more about the plan here, and talk to Times Editor Lindsey Millar about his expectations for the new model. Moving from a free to paid model is challenging for any news organization on the web these days, but it could be particularly tough for the Times, whose print edition is free.* Will enough core readers decide to pony up $120 a year when most of them have never paid the Times a dime for anything ever? Millar says yes.

(*This isn’t to say there aren’t print subscribers. It’s just that the print subscription base isn’t very large. The Times is primarily a free-pickup distribution paper.)

From Bad to Worse for Martha Shoffner & More on ‘Arkansas Week’ Tonight

Arkansas Week on AETN

8 p.m. Friday.

With Steve Barnes out, they let me host another edition of AETN‘s “Arkansas Week,” which you check out at 8 p.m. tonight or later this afternoon at this link. Once again, a big thanks to Steve and the “Arkansas Week” crew for allowing me to fill in. And thanks today’s panelists — Michael Hibblen, Hoyt Purvis and Rick Fahr — for another great show.

On the docket tonight: Martha Shoffner’s baffling May 31 court appearance, which cleared the way to Wednesday’s 14-count indictment; state finances and unemployment; Gov. Mike Beebe’s dip into the rainy day fund to help college students; slumping lottery sales; Tom Cotton’s latest moves in Washington D.C.; and update from Mayflower, where we might be close to getting some answers about that oil spill.

Video: The Saturday Week in Review and ‘Arkansas Week’ on AETN

It’s time to take another look at the week that was in Arkansas Business. First, above, our weekly “Arkansas Business Week in Review,” which airs Saturday mornings on THV 11 News. We look back on a week chock full of Arkansas public company earnings and other developments.

Meanwhile, AETN’s “Arkansas Week,” we talk about the farm bill in Washington D.C., new developments in the Arkansas governor’s race, earnings season and the abortion law in court. You can watch the full episode — which features me, Rick Fahr, David Keith and host Steve Barnes – right here

Video: The Treatsie Unboxing

With the help of Kickstarter, our friends Jamie & Lisa and Keith & Amanda have founded Treatsie, a delicious monthly subscription service to artisan candies from an ever-changing variety of vendors. Treatsie shipped its first box this week, and as Kickstarter backers, Laura and I rushed home to open it.

You can learn more about the company and what’s in store right here, and you can follow them on Twitter @TreatsieCandy.

Arkansas Week: Dustin McDaniel on ExxonMobile in Mayflower & Medicaid

On this week’s edition of AETN‘s “Arkansas Week,” Steve Barnes talks to Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel about ExxonMobil and the Mayflower oil spill. Plus, me, KUAR’s Michael Hibblen and the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Doug Thompson discuss the Medicaid non-expansion expansion and gubernatorial/congressional politics.

You can watch the whole show right here.