ALM debuts memberships offering free online content

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New York—Media company ALM announced it will launch a program for its online legal publications that will give registered members limited free access to content that was previously available only to paid subscribers. Starting Aug. 23, the program will allow members to access five news articles every 30 days. Memberships will apply to all ALM's major national and regional titles, including flagship The American Lawyer, National Law Journal, New York Law Journal, Connecticut Law Tribune and The Recorder. Digital content from four premium digital products—Supreme Court Brief, Litigation Daily, New Jersey Law Journal Decision Alert and Delaware Business Court Insider—remains available only to subscribers. “This is a fundamental change,” said Jeffrey Litvack, chief digital officer at ALM. “As our audience has become more and more social, our subscription wall was an obstacle to them sharing our content.” In addition to allowing registered users to see five free stories, ALM is also opening up articles for one free view when they are accessed from a major search engine or a social media site.
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