The pay wall idea makes good sense. Give away a certain number of articles per month so casual readers can read one now and then and charge for access beyond that.
There is a cost to news gathering. We should welcome the ability to pay for excellent journalism. As the article’s writer says,
In the end, we get the journalism we deserve
That’s true in so many respects. When we make journalism into entertainment we get Fox News.
There is probably room in the market place for a service which sells access to multiple newspapers’ sites at a discount for the occasional reader who needs a bit more than the free monthly allotment, but not enough to pay for monthly subscriptions to several newspapers.