Should Newspapers Charge for Content Online?

Friday, January 28, 2011


Should newspapers put up paywalls? Pro-paywallers, like Rupert Murdoch, say absolutely! Newspapers must charge for costly reporting in order to survive! Anti-paywallers argue that papers can't afford to shut out the open and free web. Alan Murray of the (paywall-ed) Wall Street Journal and Alan Rusbridger, editor of the (free) Guardian, discuss.

Comments [5]

William Hernan

I think that we are now in the age of technology. Everyone has some way to get the news other than a newspaper. To charge for looking at an online newspaper would make sense because making a newspaper is not free and they need money to fund the resources they use to get a good story.

Feb. 04 2011 11:30 AM
Glenn Fleishman

The Washington Post is subsidized by Kaplan not "The Capitol."

Feb. 03 2011 01:37 PM
Holly Rahmlow from Readfield, Maine

I think you mean "charge" not "change."

Jan. 30 2011 05:59 PM
Dan Reznick from San Diego, CA

Oops.... I hit "Send" too soon.

Jan. 30 2011 11:49 AM
Dan Reznick from San Diego, CA

I don't want to imagine a world without great news sources such as The New York Times who not only report news but investigate and reveal things that we might otherwise never see the light of day. Obviously that requires money, and
i am more than willing to pay. I do not, however, subscribe to the idea that online content should cost as much as print does, and believe that there's more money to be made by news organizations receiving a nominal fee, say $1 @ month, from millions of subscribers than they could expect to get from those willing to pay amounts closer to full print price.

Jan. 30 2011 11:47 AM

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