Is Paid Content Nigh?

Friday, November 06, 2009


News Corp and The New York Times have suggested they might start charging for web content. Last week Newsday did start charging for access to its website. Does this mean the days of completely free news websites are over? Steven Brill is founder of Journalism Online, a company that works with over a thousand news organizations to help monetize online content. He says the moment has come to pay up.

Comments [6]

geo8rge from Brooklyn NY

Great news for unemployed journalists. Now maybe ATT will have to start a rival news organization. Perhaps what the journalism profession needs is more internet providers.

Nov. 09 2009 10:50 PM
Ev Shafrir from Mountain View, California, USA

I'm writing in response to this Sunday's 11/8 segment
"Is Paid Content Nigh?" Like with ALL radio coverage of the pay-for-journalism topic BAR NONE that I've heard over the past 3-4 years, you have missed the point: ASK THE READERS.

In every segment and reportage, only the usual suspects are present: the journalists, the publishers, the market researchers, the entrepreneurs - but it's ME and a few million others who read and make purchasing decisions about our news. And never have I heard EVEN ONE GUEST reader invited, asked smart questions, and offer their opinion.

I challenge On The Media to follow up with a segment (draft titled) "Readers Pony-Up for News" and I brazenly offer my opinions for airing. Seriously - we have money in our pockets, we have desire for news, and we're both traditional paper AND online savvy - but NO-ONE is airing our perspectives ON THE NEW ONLINE MEDIA.

I thought that was the name of your show.... :-)
Waiting for the 'email' to ring

Ev Shafrir
Mountain View, California

Nov. 09 2009 02:55 AM
Robert from NYC

Journalism no longer has value, he's just plain wrong. Journalism is the voice of the corporations or the administration or those in authority and why should we pay to be told what we have no say nor control over.

Nov. 08 2009 10:34 AM
Mark O. Hammontree from Austin

"The gun toting SUSPECT..."

Please stop confusing PERPETRATOR and SUSPECT.

A PERPETRATOR is a person that committed a crime, or is in the process of planning or committing a crime.

A SUSPECT is someone that authorities believe may POSSIBLY be the perpetrator.

Nov. 08 2009 10:33 AM
Robert from NYC

Does that mean that advertising will go away? Probably not, they're just screwing us again.

Nov. 08 2009 10:30 AM
Bret Randall from New York, NY

Heard Brook Gladstone's interview this morning with Steven Brill---introducing him only as "the founder of"---and that's all.

It is unbelievable that Gladstone would introduce Brill without providing some "content" to the background of this founder of "Contentville." As you know, Brill is the founder of CourtTV and American Lawyer magazine, and the creator of Brill's Content, which reported on the Media itself. Yet Gladstone introduced him only as the founder of, as though he had just dropped in from another country.

Context, Brook. Context.

Bret Randall
New York, NY

Nov. 07 2009 06:02 PM

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