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Who will pay for news?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by newspaperman, Mar 28, 2011.

  1. newspaperman

    newspaperman Member

    For years we have passed out information online for free. Now with the New York Times introducing their paywall system, do you guys think it'll be a trickle down effect to smaller papers. And if so, will anyone pay?
  2. rpmmutant

    rpmmutant Member

    Haven't we seen this movie before. Put up a paywall, send your readers scattering for another site that posts the same stories for free. Unless the NY Times and every other media outlet can find a way to keep their content exclusive and on the Internet at the same time, no one's going to pay for online stories. People are already accustomed to getting it for free.
  3. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    People will pay for news if they can't get it for free, just like any other product. Since it is technologically impossible as yet to prevent people from accessing newspaper Web sites for free (the Times paywall is simple to breach), the only way to make your information worth paying for is to create information people can't get anywhere else on a consistent basis. In other words, the Times would've been better served taking the money they spent installing paywall technology and hiring reporters and editors.
  4. Simon

    Simon Active Member

    People who are too stupid to figure out ways around the paywall.
  5. newspaperman

    newspaperman Member

    Do you think it'll be a trickle down effect to smaller publications?
  6. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    NYTClean gets around the paywall.

  7. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    The iPad and mobile apps are where it's at. I wouldn't take a paid subscription to the same Times website I could get for free yesterday. However, if they deliver an iPad app that is more streamlined to the content I want and just overall more engaging, I would buy that. The Times' iPad app currently leaves much to be desired. Murdoch's The Daily has a spectacularly designed app but doesn't have the content yet. Once someone merges the two, I'm buying. (I'm guessing I will be sending Murdoch my money long before the Times gets its shit together.)

    I would do the same for my local paper if it comes up with a readable mobile app.
  8. JayFarrar

    JayFarrar Well-Known Member

    Yep, and I think it already has. Two Three dailies in my area are already behind pay walls and it is just a matter of time before more join in.
  9. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    The daily in my area has a paywall, but it's not hard to get around. The people who probably would pay are likely the ones who spend the most time evading paywalls.
  10. murphyc

    murphyc Well-Known Member

  11. sgreenwell

    sgreenwell Well-Known Member

    1) If you're looking for national news, then I don't the Times' paywall is going to have much of an effect. As others have pointed out, there are too many free competitors, whether it be the Washington Post or the Huffington Post or the slew of places like CNN and Fox that just offer expanded versions of TV copy.

    2) If you're a smaller daily or weekly and have a niche, and more importantly no competition, I think it could work. One paper I used to work for had a pretty decent online paywall, just because there was no one else providing info on the area online.
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