Seven sister newspapers have become the latest regional news titles to introduce a pay-as-you-read online paywall.
Iliffe Media papers the Stamford Mercury, Grantham Journal, Newark Advertiser, Lynn News and Fenland Citizen have announced the move on their websites, along with the Spalding Today site, which hosts content from the Spalding Guardian and Lincolnshire Free Press.
The switch will allow readers to continue using the sites without taking out a subscription, although selected articles will now only be made available for a 20p fee.
Those reading more than three fee-charging articles in a week will have access to all premium content, which will be clearly marked.
Other content, including breaking news, will remain free to read online.
Editorial director Ian Carter said: “We chose these titles after assessing the various marketplaces across our portfolio.
“We are fortunate that our all titles have strong brand recognition, and this is particularly the case in the Lincolnshire area which includes the UK’s oldest newspaper, the Stamford Mercury.
“It’s an experiment and we will obviously be looking at what we learn over the coming weeks and months before deciding on our next steps.
“One thing that we have always been clear about is that we believe in continuing to invest in quality journalism, and that investment will always go hand in hand with the need to explore paid content models.”
Richard Parkinson, managing director of Iliffe Media Midlands, said: “Our titles have been proudly serving their local communities since 1700s.
“We are determined to ensure we are still doing so long into the future, with our readers firmly at the centre of everything we do.
“By charging a small amount for certain premium articles, we can invest more in high-quality local journalism that our readers value so highly – and ultimately it makes us even more accountable to our readers.”