Best Freebie: Baltimore Sun lifts pay wall for riot coverage

Hours after Freddie Gray was put to rest on April 27, as rocks were thrown and fires erupted, The Baltimore Sun ramped up coverage and lowered its pay wall—a four-year-old website restriction that had shut off service to any non-subscribers after the 15th story they accessed in a given month. The decision (similar to what many newspapers do during coverage of emergencies and disasters) made the newspaper indispensable to a nation fascinated by the unrest. The paper’s staff (and this one’s) pulled all-nighters for several days running to keep up with events as the curfew unfolded. The Sun’s decision to allow free access served the ideals of journalism and the needs of the community.

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