"Beginning in January 2011, unlimited access to NYTimes.com will require a paper subscription or payment of a flat fee."
PBS Newshour had Bill Mitchell (Poyner Institute) and Bill Grueskin (Former Managing Editor at Wall Street Journal) on giving their views on this risk. I found the PBS Newshour video through Google search and it is quality news, imo. Subsidized!
As a news junkie and constant link pimp to financial articles found on Google News, even if they are summaries on WSJ, I will not link to something I can't read at least a paragraph on. I will just find a similar story somewhere else that offers it for free. If a story is THAT good and recommended on Twitter, I'd more likely pay a fee. But a trend is a trend.... Go to Business Insider to see how freemium news is destroying the pay and advertising models for online publishers.
Keep an eye on $NYT and options.
New York Times will charge for news on website (Reuters, Video)
New York Times Users React To Metered Pay Model Decision: 'Good Luck!'(BusinessInsider)
Conde Nast, New York Times, News Corp. In Talks With Apple About Tablet Content (BusinessInsider)
New York Times: Honest work means honest pay (MediaFile: Reuters UK)
Dialing in a Plan: The Times Installs a Meter on Its Future (MediaDecoder: NewYorkTimes)
New York Times to charge for access to news website (TorontoStar)
New York Times to charge for Web access in 2011 (AP)
How The New York Times Should Charge For Content (PaidContent.org)