A comment piece in the Guardian today lays it on the line – pay walls or bust.
Citing Rupert Murdoch as the possible saviour of newspapers (on or offline), the usual insults fly in the comments section. Yet when the Guardian’s hacks are chirping the end of free online content, and the erection (or re-erection for some newspapers) of pay-walls, well, the times are a changing, yet again. As an insecure (in terms of job security, I assure you) journalist, but a long-time new-media proponent, I’ve been undecided on this for some time. But now, surely, action must be taken to save the fourth estate!
Id’ love to see where we are in a year’s time. For my money, I would now be happy to fork out a few pounds per month to read a quality paper, such as the Guardian. But the trouble occurs when I want to look further afield to smaller publications I read weekly or even monthly. Subscribe to them? Unlikely. There’s going to have to be some collaboration involved here….
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