Chicago Sun-Times, Under Public-Media Ownership, Is Dropping Its Paywall

From a story on by Joshua Benton headlined “The Chicago Sun-Times, fitting its new public-media ownership, is dropping its paywall”:

What happens when public media buys a private newspaper? It adopts a public media business model.

Chicago Public Media made news in January by buying the Chicago Sun-Times, the city’s longtime tabloid alternative to the broadsheet Tribune. The Tribune has fallen into the cost-cutting clutches of the hedge fund Alden Global Capital, so there’s very much an opening for a more public-minded player to make its mark.