Seven sister newspapers, including four in Lincolnshire, have become the latest regional press titles to set up a paywall for reading, which protects against falling ad revenue.

The newspapers of Iliffe Media, Stamford Mercury, Newark announcer Grantham Journal, Lynn News and Fenland Citizen, have announced this initiative on their websites. It also includes the Spalding Today website, which hosts Spalding Guardian and Lincolnshire Free Press content.

Readers may continue to use the sites without subscribing. However, some items will now only be available for a fee of 20p.

People reading more than three paid items in one week will have access to all premium content, which will be clearly marked. Other content, including the latest news, will remain free to read online.

Managing Editor Ian Carter said in a message to readers, "The Iliffe Newspaper Group is proud to serve local communities. We are determined to ensure that we stay that long in the future, with our readers firmly at the center of everything we do.

"To make sure, some of our websites now charge a small fee for some of our items. We will use Axate, a secure system that allows you to pay for individual items.

"We think it's a great way to pay for people who are not yet ready to subscribe. That means we can invest more in local journalism that we know you want and value a lot. This makes us less vulnerable to falling ad revenue and more focused on our readers and managers. "

The Axate system is already used by titles such as Newbury Weekly News and Cornwall Reports.

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