WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Post says it will begin selling digital subscriptions this summer, asking frequent website users to pay a fee supporting the company’s journalism.

The Post announced plans Monday for a metered subscription model. It will require a paid subscription after viewing 20 articles or multimedia features per month. The company hasn’t announced how much it will charge.

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Subscribers who pay for home delivery of the newspaper will have unlimited digital access. Also, students, teachers, government employees and military personnel will have free access at school and work.

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In a statement Monday, Post Publisher Katharine Weymouth says news consumers understand the high cost of maintaining top-quality newsgathering and in-depth reporting.

Washington Post Co. Chairman Donald Graham has voiced worries that a paywall could reduce the size of the digital audience.

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