Marijuana blog won't start behind Denver Post paywall, CEO says

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Mac Tully.
Last month, we chatted with Denver Post CEO and incoming publisher Mac Tully about a number of topics, including the launch of a new paywall at the paper.

The paywall went into effect on Monday, December 2, and we asked Tully to weigh in on the launch. In the following Q&A, he talks about the quiet response to so-called All Access subscriptions thus far, plus the paper's forthcoming marijuana blog and more.

According to the Post's announcement about the paywall, non-subscribers will be able to view "25 articles on the desktop website or 99 articles on mobile devices" without charge. But if they want to see more, it'll cost them $11.99 per month for a digital-only subscription, or a new customer rate of $5.50 per week for a print-and-digital subscription, with other packages available.

Here's our e-mail exchange with Tully, completed late yesterday afternoon.

Westword: Do you have any hard numbers on how many people have signed up for digital subscriptions since the paywall was put up?

Mac Tully: The meter only went up 3 days ago, so the activity has been minimal.

WW: What kind of response have you been getting from website users?

MT: Very quiet so far. We're not anticipating a heavy response.

WW: Have you received any complaints from people who've already exceeded the free-use limit and hadn't heard about the paywall?

MT: None so far.

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A Denver Post graphic touting All Access subscriptions.
WW: Have you had any technical problems -- or has everything gone smoothly thus far?

MT: None that i'm aware of.

WW: How long do you think it will take before you're able to determine if the paywall concept is a success? Months, perhaps? Or even years?

MT: We have a model that we will compare the actual result to and will adjust accordingly.

WW: Will ancillary content -- like, for instance, the recently announced marijuana blog -- be placed behind the paywall? Will it all be available free? Or will those decisions be made on a case-by-case basis?

MT: The marijuana blog would be in front of the wall, but these types of decisions will be monitored and adjusted if necessary.

WW: Is there anything I might not have asked about on this subject that you'd like to add?

MT: I view the All Access program as a strong subscriber retention tool. What we have been asking subscribers to pay for and giving away to non-subscribers is changing. Now, our subscribers will receive all of our content when they want, where they want, on whatever platform they choose and our non-subscribers will get a taste of what we offer and hopefully make the decision to join the family of subscribers.

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kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt

"Pocket pussies" proliferate with young masturbators, says Denver Post



They can look like nondescript flashlights or rubber donuts. Some resemble hair-pies and come in the same hot pink or sparkly purple as teenage girls' smartphone cases.


Others are bullet-like cylinders with simulated 'taint hairs hanging on fat gold neck chains like gangsta bling. Some come boxed in a rainbow of neon colors looking a lot like a shriveled prune.


Portable pussies — called "electric glory holes" or "pocket va-jayjays" by users — are going hand-in-hand with the proliferation of cocks-in-hand and taking the masturbation world by storm. They are so well disguised and can be used so clandestinely that they are setting off alarm bells with those concerned about keeping penises out of the hands of minors.


"This is incredibly concerning," said Bob 'Spankmeister' Doyle, executive director of the Colorado Masturbation Prevention Alliance. "The pocket pussy industry is as advanced or more advanced than the dildo industry. The products are appealing to kids, and they promote the ability to hide masturbation."



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

"Pocket hookahs" proliferate with young marijuana users, says Denver Post


They can look like nondescript writing pens or asthma inhalers. Some resemble lip-gloss sticks and come in the same hot pink or sparkly purple as teenage girls' smartphone cases.


Others are bullet-like cylinders hanging on fat gold neck chains like gangsta bling. Some come boxed in a rainbow of neon colors looking a lot like marking pens.

Portable pot vaporizers — called "vapes" or "pocket hookahs" by users — are going hand-in-hand with the proliferation of electronic cigarettes and taking the marijuana world by storm. They are so well disguised and can be used so clandestinely that they are setting off alarm bells with those concerned about keeping legalized pot out of the hands of minors.


"This is incredibly concerning," said Bob Doyle, executive director of the Colorado Tobacco Education and Prevention Alliance. "The marijuana vaporizing industry is as advanced or more advanced than the e-cigarette industry. The products are appealing to kids, and they promote the ability to hide marijuana use."


That is "absurd," said Mason Tvert, co-founder of Safer Alternative for Enjoyable Recreation. He said the vaporizers have been developed as a safer way for adults to consume marijuana without smoking it and without creating secondhand smoke.

"These products are not made, marketed or sold for kids," Tvert said.


The pocket vaporizers are made up of an atomizer and a battery unit that acts as a heater to create a breathable vapor. The batteries are charged with small wall plug-ins.


The fact that the vaporizers are tiny electronic devices with chargers like those used for other popular electronic devices prompted Rolling Stone magazine, in its June issue, to refer to them as "the iPod of getting baked."


The chambers of the vaporizers can be filled with nonpsychoactive dried herbs or flavored oils that come with or without nicotine. Pot users fill vaporizers with dried weed or with butter, waxes or oils that have been processed from marijuana using chemicals such as butane to extract highly concentrated psychoactive THC.


"There is serious potency in these," said Doyle.


"They came on the market a couple years ago, and they've really picked up steam. It seems like everybody and their brother are selling these," said Michael Mahaney, whose wife owns the Headed West head shop.


Mahaney stressed he does not sell to minors, but he acknowledged that vapes are getting into the hands of youths, like many other illicit things.


"Kids are going to get whatever they want," he said.



So much for Mendacious Mason Tvert's big lie that A64 would reduce the availability of marijuana to minors.



irq77
irq77

Why would anyone pay for propaganda?

cdndenver
cdndenver

I think its going to be that blogs are not behind the paywall. It is like that on a number of newspaper websites.


I have no problem with papers putting up paywalls. They have to find a way to pay the bills. While I dont subscribe to any yet I will in the future when all the main news sites are paywalled. We can't get everything online for free for ever. Ads just dont pay well enough. Hell admit it most of us use ad blockers so it leaves the sites with no option but to charge for access. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Unemployed Stoners don't have the $cratch to pay for their propaganda ...


... and Westweed delivers for FREE anyway.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@kevin_hunt    PPPPAAPPPPD


Portable Pocket Pussy Pimps are as Portable Pocket Pussy Pimps do!


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kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt

@DonkeyHotay Dipshit Hotay is spreading reefer madness again.  YOU were the one that wanted marijuana to be 'regulated like tomatoes'.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @cdndenver "We can't get everything online for free for ever"


Information wants to be free ...


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@kevin_hunt ... why is rec. marijuana so harmful and dangerous that YOU voted to DENY ANY LEGAL ACCESS for EVERY ADULT under 21   -- not a single gram, not a single plant -- under full penalty of Criminal Law ??


You hypocritical egocentric prohibitionist piece of crap.


cdndenver
cdndenver

@DonkeyHotay @cdndenver But who is going to pay those who gather and generate the information? They going to do this for free and no charge? How are they going to support themselves make sure they have food on their tables and a roof over their head?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@kevin_hunt ... fed with thousands of clients who get arrested under the DWM -- driving while masturbating -- 5ml spooge limit that you voted for.


kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt

@DonkeyHotay Brian and Mason don't care  about the issue; but Christian Thurstone is planning a chain of masturbation rehab clinics for teen spankers.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@kevin_hunt ... Lyin' Brian and Mendacious Mason will advertise that their PP's will "prevent 10,000 pregnancies every year" in Colorado ...


... and their Deluxe Pat Robertson Model has self-lubricating framework.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@kevin_hunt    D.O.A.W.G. ... Kevin's new variety of weed.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@kevin_hunt ... still living large on your $200 hemp harvest windfall ?


Why not invest it in Bros ... you'll be rich, bitch!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@kevin_hunt = voted to CONTINUE CRIMINAL Prohibition against 10s of THOUSANDS of ADULTS in Colorado -- the very under 21 demographic that has historically suffered the most arrests and prosecutions for pot crimes.


You = selfish cynical bong-sucker


kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt

@DonkeyHotay You are the one that was whining that 18 year old high school students couldn't legally 'partake' under A64 and now you are 'worried about the children'.


You a a never ending-source of entertainment, you sexy piece of man-meat.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@cdndenver "Once I have no choice and max out on my reads I will subscribe"


And pigs will fly on that day ... which will NEVER come, hence you are the PERFECT EXAMPLE of why paywalls for something as perishable as news, and of such low quality as the DP, will fail.


There will always be FREE sources for news, and those will be in demand by the cheap-ass public who will flock to those instead of paying $$ -- which is why CraigsList was able to DESTROY paid classified advertising across the U$A -- the cash cow of greedy print media pigs -- in less than 10 years..


All Hail Craig Newmark !!


There will always be room for a CraigsNews to subvert the shortsighted payways of the media dinosaurs.


You've one again reiterated why the paywalls will fail, even a "news junkie" like you won't pay unless you have "no choice" or source for free news.


Concept = Epic Fail.


cdndenver
cdndenver

@DonkeyHotay @cdndenver I am not a DP fan trying to defend them. All the newspapers screwed up big time and did not see the change that was coming. Just like the entertainment industry (music and movies/tv). I however do not blame them for the paywall they need some way that will effectively pay their bills and bring money to their shareholders and investors. 


I disagree that I am a perfect example of why it will fail. I While I have not signed up for DP or any of the others (Except for WSJ I get that because I get the printed edition for work). Once I have no choice and max out on my reads I will subscribe because I am a news junkie but I do not like to watch TV news or listen to the radio I rather read news stories. SO when the day comes that my only choice is to pay for my news I will. Sure I rather get it for free who would not but I will pay if I have no other choice because I think the service they offer has value. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@cdndenver"Um Denver Post is NOT Craigs List."


Adapt or perish.


The DP could have been CL, or adopted a FREE online classified ad service in the early days, instead they greedily tried to charge EXTRA to paid print advertisers to copy those ads to the online addition.


Their myopic greed killed them in that regard, as their paywall squeeze will also fail. This it what happens when OLD DINOSAURS don't comprehend new tech and the social change it brings.


There is NOTHING the DP offers that is worth paying for, and nothing that can't be found elsewhere for FREE.


And YOU are the perfect example of why it will fail -- "While I dont subscribe to any yet I will in the future when all the main news sites are paywalled.


People won't pay for something they can easily get elsewhere for free, and all or even most of the main news sites will never switch to paywalls, as the advantage and massive visitor traffic will follow the free sites -- YOU said so yourself, IPSO FACTO.


cdndenver
cdndenver

@DonkeyHotay @cdndenver Um Denver Post is NOT Craigs List. Face it CL killed the classified ads in news papers. Sure they still exist but are a fraction of what they used to be. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@cdndenver " Anyone who wants to post a help wanted ad on CL has to pay for that ad. Its how CL keeps running. "


Then there should be enough $$ in "help wanted ads" to keep the lame DP running, if they weren't such a bloated pig with more than 50% of their revenue wasted on Middle and Upper MANAGEMENT salaries, pensions and perks.


cdndenver
cdndenver

@.matt.. Anyone who wants to post a help wanted ad on CL has to pay for that ad. Its how CL keeps running. 

As for Google lots of people pay Google money. 

..Matt...
..Matt...

Who pays Craig's List ?

Who pays Google?

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