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Re: “The Death of Free Online News

This may not be the best link, but it illustrates a point being made all over the place...

http://techdirt.com/articles/20090521/0331164958.shtml

(from that page)
"...to highlight a simple fact that has been discussed time and time again: that if a newspaper locks up its content behind a paywall, it will lose a ton of traffic beyond just the regular readers who refuse to pay, because the sites that send you links (and traffic and new readers) will simply point elsewhere."

Posted by Joe Moosh on 05/22/2009 at 1:05 PM

Re: “The Death of Free Online News

"Devil misses the point..."

And, you're just reacting with the same knee-jerk as the industry is.
"Free" doesn't necessarily equal "inferior", either.

"...--charging to view content is how newspapers have decided to "monetize" online content."

Charging to view content is just an attempt to hold onto the old business model, by simply transferring the source of the revenue, while maintaining the status quo. They're not doing anything with their online models that is unique or different, which is what is needed to compete in the new media scenario.

"Newspapers need to be able to have professionals covering stories."

Old argument.
For quite some time now, newpapers have been mostly relaying stories from the mainstream wire services anyway, and as a result, we've been getting the same "product" from everyone, quite often complete with the same propaganda. Very few "journalists" have actually been doing their own research and footwork.

One thing the Internet news scene is doing is providing some alternate news sources that aren't owned by the mainstream. Some of these sources DO use real reporters and journalists who quite often turn out an more honest product than the mainstream.

Now, I'm not saying all newspaper presses are printing lies, but I am saying the whole Mainstream Media scene (Network TV and "Mainline" Print) has been doing the people a blatant disservice for years. Any paper that simply reiterates the Mainstream all the time at this point is just asking to be lumped in with them and ignored by those who are tired of having their intelligence insulted.

And, what good is this "quality" you speak of, if the words don't actually contain any?

Case in Point:
Think about ANY publicly-organized case being made against corporate injustice to the public in the last 5 years, and ask yourself "what was the driving instrument behind it?... 1) Newpapers 2) Network Broadcast News 3) Internet News."

If you answered with #1 or #2, you're in a deliberate state of denial.

Sure, Internet News is not at a stage that's easily monetized.
But, due to the quality of the news itself, and the added benefit of being able to involve the people who participate, it has some distinct and unique possibilities.

Sorry, Lucky...
I was the one making a point.
You just missed it.

As I said, those who don't adapt to the new environment can spend all they want trying to maintain the same product in a different form - they won't make it. People are simply not going to be paying everyone on the planet to visit their sites or download their materials. They will only go somewhere else that doesn't charge - that's the politics of the Internet. Like with the original network television, money doesn't have to be extracted from the viewers to get it.

Posted by Joe Moosh on 05/21/2009 at 5:16 PM

Re: “The Death of Free Online News

They can charge all they want, it'll just be in vain.

Free internet news is not going away.
(Hell, much of it comes courtesy of the blogosphere anyway.)
Those that can't figure out how to monetize it will either fall, or just go the same way as the RIAA - spend all their cash trying to figure out how to save an outdated business model - and then fall.

Posted by Joe Moosh on 05/20/2009 at 2:54 PM

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