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Helluva a piece from a J-school student

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Simon_Cowbell, Feb 17, 2009.

  1. Simon_Cowbell

    Simon_Cowbell Active Member

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rob-fishman/initiating-a-culture-of-c_b_167461.html

    The Times needs to lead the way charging for (and legally protecting) its content.
     
  2. Pete Incaviglia

    Pete Incaviglia Active Member

    It seems the call for paying for news online is growing. He's said what many of us have said time and again — only he said it very well.

    I couldn't agree with him more.

    The time is coming — it has to be — when everyone (readers, bloggers, aggregaters, et al) will pay for their news online.
     
  3. BB Bobcat

    BB Bobcat Active Member

    Rob Fishman for President
     
  4. I really, really, really wish The Times would take the plunge. Until they do, the industry is just kind of treading water. The Harvard analogy in the piece is apt.
     
  5. Montezuma's Revenge

    Montezuma's Revenge Active Member

    That is a hell of a piece.
     
  6. Yeah, I particularly enjoyed the glib use of "ill-fated" while drawing a clumsy analogy to Make-A-Wish in the lede.
     
  7. Pete Incaviglia

    Pete Incaviglia Active Member

    For some reason, I never really took note of that. But on second thought, it's pretty bad.

    However, the meat and potatoes after that lead is worth the read.
     
  8. Joe Williams

    Joe Williams Active Member

    Look at the big brain on Rob!

    I do wonder if the NYT figures it is better off staying free while metro papers around the country die off, thereby growing the potential of its paying audience. If it goes behind a firewall now, papers in Chicago, L.A., Denver, etc., could try the same. But if it waits, it can grab readers whose local rags have sputtered into oblivion. Maybe it's a matter of who can outlast whom.
     
  9. Simon_Cowbell

    Simon_Cowbell Active Member

    Well, I needed SOME proof he is a college student.
     
  10. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    Unless a way can be found to negate C and V, and negate "copy web page," keeping paid content from proliferating freely will be well nigh impossible.
     
  11. There are sites that don't allow c+v, but his general point was to charge for third-party use. If someone takes the page and posts it elsewhere without compensation, then the Times just goes to the site (or parent company) and claims copyright infringement. No different than what movie and TV studios do on YouTube.
     
  12. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    No company has the legal budget to go after the millions of bloggers and other such leeches, and certainly not the millions who would pass along compelling stories via e-mail.
     
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