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Newscorp Web sites to start charging users

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by mustangj17, May 7, 2009.

  1. mustangj17

    mustangj17 Active Member

    Murdoch says it will happen within one year.

    I hope it works.

    http://www.cnn.com/2009/BUSINESS/05/07/murdoch.web.content/index.html
     
  2. Simon_Cowbell

    Simon_Cowbell Active Member

    God.... why couldn't Tribune have been taken over by Murdoch. Aussie with balls ... or.... moron American Grave Dancer who merely fancies he has a pair.
     
  3. SixToe

    SixToe Active Member

    If Murdoch could, or would, buy TribCorp do you believe he could turn things around with it?
     
  4. Simon_Cowbell

    Simon_Cowbell Active Member

    Absolutely.
     
  5. steveu

    steveu Well-Known Member

    Second Simon. Rupert Murdoch knows how to work a business model and I could also see him maintaining Tribune's serious journalism model (or in this case, restoring it... thanks, Sammy!)
     
  6. lantaur

    lantaur Active Member

    The story says: "Murdoch said the experience of the News Corp.-owned Wall Street Journal had proved that charging for content could be made to work."

    I hope that is not his basis for wanting to charge, because that is one flawed theory. The WSJ is a whole different animal from a daily, local paper.

    Also from that story, which sounds about right to me -

    Joshua Benton, Director of the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University: "I suspect within any readership there is a small slice -- maybe three percent -- that is willing to pay. News organizations are going to have to find a way of getting money from that slice without driving away everybody else."
     
  7. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    Plus the WSJ is free if you put search for the story on Google and click on the result.
     
  8. Big Buckin' agate_monkey

    Big Buckin' agate_monkey Active Member

    Pay-per-story model.
     
  9. So long, Roop. Barely knew you.

    Faux News to shut down in a year if this happens.
     
  10. Gold

    Gold Active Member

    It is one thing to pay for online content in the Wall Street Journal when you need information instantly because a lot of money is riding on it.

    It is quite another thing to pay for online content in the New York Post when it comes to articles.
     
  11. As I ranted in the other thread:

    -- Giving our product away is proving to be suicide.
    -- Web advertising is not lucrative enough to sustain us, and that doesn't appear to be changing.

    So it's either this or we die, because there isn't national appeal to East-West football or Whatever County school board for Google news to save us.

    Every single one of us needs to be pulling for this to work if we want to work in a sustainable industry.
     
  12. You pay us or you get nothing. Your kid's name in a girls' tennis story is not a civic right. It's what god-damned puts food in my kids' mouths.

    It is quite literally that attitude or death.
     
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