Melissa’s post earlier today about newspapers building paywalls and charging much more for online access to their content than for print (or combo) subscriptions, evidently in order to eke out the life of their print products, reminded me of a post that Scott Rosenberg wrote the other week....more
Posts Tagged: The Future of Journalism
Yesterday I interviewed Scott Rosenberg at length for the Rumpus, and we spent a lot of time talking about the news industry and how it relates to online publishing, with special reference to blogging.
At one point he said (to paraphrase) “the news business has been in decline since the early 80s, and though it has accelerated in recent years, the decline itself is not a new thing.”...more
“[The] image of the Internet as parasite has some foundation. Without the vital news-gathering performed by established institutions, many Web sites would sputter and die.
“In their sweep and scorn, however, [statements like 'the parasite is killing the host'] seem as outdated as they are defensive....more
The conventional wisdom is that journalism, particularly the newspaper business, is finished, a dead tree just waiting for a stiff breeze to knock it over. No small number of electrons have been expended in trying to figure out the next business model (hint–The Huffington Post ain’t it), but one thing that most people (outside the newspapers themselves) seem to agree on is that charging for content isn’t going to work....more