Spotlight: Newspapers relax paywalls for Hurricane Sandy

Outlets want to keep citizens up to date in crisis

Several major newspapers including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal relaxed their paywalls this week so that people could monitor news about Hurricane Sandy without having to pay to see it. According to CNET, the papers planned to keep the paywall down throughout the crisis to give people access to key information about the storm regardless of whether they were regular subscribers or not. They were not alone, News and Tech also reported that the Baltimore Sun, Boston Globe and Cape Cod Times had relaxed their paywalls during the storm. For more information, see the CNET and  News and Tech articles.