Gary Mokotoff is editor of what appears to be the most popular online journal of Jewish genealogy, called "Nu? What's New?" Now the e-zine is converting to a paid subscription model.
Gary's announcement at http://www.avotaynu.com/nu/V11N26.htm says:
This Is the Last Issue...
...of Nu? What’s New? you will receive if you have not registered as a paid subscriber.
As noted in the last issue, producing Nu? What’s New? is taking more and more of my time—now about five hours per edition. It is time consuming to read the numerous sources; to research and write each selected item; and finally to format the entire issue. There is now enough information to produce this e-zine weekly rather than biweekly. Because of the extra costs, starting with the next issue, Nu? What’s New? will be by paid subscription—$12.00 for an entire year. That’s just $1.00 per month. Subscribing is easy through PayPal using a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover) or PayPal account. If you do not have a PayPal account, you can pay by credit card through PayPal by clicking “Pay with debit or credit card.” You will be subscribed at the e-mail address given when making the payment (so make sure it is typed accurately). If you have a PayPal account, you will be subscribed at the e-mail address of your account. Subscribe now at http://www.avotaynu.com/SubscribeNWN.htm.
Gary joins John Michael Neill (author of the free Genealogy Tip of the Day and of the paid Case File Clues) and myself as authors/editors who produce paid online genealogy publications.
I am obviously biased. However, I will suggest that this announcement reflects the realities of publishing news content. As much as the three of us would like to produce free newsletters, the realities of paying for hosting services, bulk mail services, and even office expenses soon discourage such efforts. In short, the only practical method of publishing is to have some sort of revenue stream that at least covers the expenses. I know that I run on a shoestring budget, and I suspect that John and Gary do the same. If you would like to see these publications continue to publish, you might consider supporting them with your subscription dollars.
If you have an interest in Jewish genealogy, I would strongly encourage you to consider subscribing to "Nu? What's New?" at http://www.avotaynu.com/SubscribeNWN.htm
Further details may be found at http://www.avotaynu.com/nu/V11N26.htm
Likewise, if you are interested in learning more about source citations, methodology, case studies, and related topics, I'd suggest you investigate Michael John Neill's weekly genealogy "how to’s" at http://blog.casefileclues.com/
Of course, if you are interested in the latest technology, software, and online services available to help with your genealogy research along with myriad other topics, I’d love to have you subscribe to the Plus Edition of Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter at http://blog.eogn.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/plusedition.html