Financial Times editor says most news websites will charge within a year. The Financial Times editor, Lionel Barber, has predicted that “almost all” news organisations will be charging for online content within a year. Barber said building online platforms that could charge readers on an article-by-article or subscription basis was one of the key challenges facing news organisations. “How these online payment models work and how much revenue they can generate is still up in the air,” Barber said in a speech at a Media Standards Trust event at the British Academy last night. — Guardian

Publisher: we’re moving to subs model because we’re better than biased and inaccurate bloggers. NZ title National Business Review is the latest to move to a paid subscription model for some of its online content. The title says it will be asking for $149 for six months’ access to the title’s premium online content. In a letter to subscribers to NBR ’s daily email, publisher Barry Colman said that about 20% of the content — “the best news stories, scoops and commentary pieces” — would become subscription only. — Mumbrella

Thai distributors block The Economist. Distributors blocked the July 4-10 edition of The Economist from entering Thailand for an article that covered the mounting threat of lese majeste complaints to the country’s Internet freedom and freedom of expression, according to a local distributor and international news reports. This is the third time since December that distributors have opted not to distribute the British weekly newsmagazine because of concerns over its coverage of the monarchy, according to a distributor who spoke on condition of anonymity with CPJ. The Economist has more than 2,500 paid subscribers in Thailand and is also distributed by various newsstands and book stores. — Committee to Protect Journalists

What price journalism? Will ___ save journalism? Lately it seems easier to find ruminations on that subject than to find journalism itself. With advertising down and the Internet making information seem free and easy, anxious journos (for whom “save journalism” equals “save my job”) have suggested numerous white knights for their profession, including Amazon’s Kindle, philanthropists, micropayments, the government and the new iPhone. (Is there an app for that?) Or coffee! Maybe coffee will save journalism! — Time Magazine

News aggregation done differently. And now for something completely different: I’m a sucker for interesting ways to visualize news and typography. So I’m a sucker for a new site called Doodlebuzz, which lets you pick a topic, draw a little doodle, and then plots headlines about that topic along the lines of the doodle.”Huh.” you say? Go try it for yourself. It’s fairly useless, but still great, cool fun with technology. This is what Stern Hu looks like in Doodlebuzz today:

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Red Bull in a box. Check out this cool package design for a Red Bull Cola promotional piece:

Using a sturdy wood box, and real samples of the 17 natural ingredients of the cola, Design Friendship created a striking presentation of the unseen raw material that goes into the drink. Who would have thought Red Bull had that much natural stuff in it? — PSFK

Boston Newspaper Guild leadership: just vote “No”? Back on June 8, you may recall, the Boston Newspaper Guild narrowly rejected a controversial contract proposal from the New York Times Co. Technically, the Guild neither backed nor opposed the proposal. In reality, though, comment from Guild head Dan Totten strongly suggested that he wanted his members to vote “No.” In contrast, the latest proposal — which goes to a vote this coming Monday, July 20 — bears the Guild’s official stamp of approval. Is the Guild really supporting the contract proposal in question? Or is it just pretending it does? — Boston Phoenix