Paywalls Archive

  • Net to loose free-to-view Screws

    Net to loose free-to-view Screws

    News International continues to be tight-lipped about the numbers who have signed up to The Times and Sunday Times websites, since they went behind a paywall.  Today’s announcement that from October visiting the News of the World’s website will also require payment would suggest that take up has been better than News International’s detractors predicted.

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  • Enders: Newspaper paywalls don’t stack up

    Enders: Newspaper paywalls don’t stack up

    The News International paywall’s financial model will be insufficient to compensate for declining revenue from print editions, according to research by Enders Analysis – reported here by the Press Gazette. Claire Enders basic premise is that digital subscribers pay less for the product and generate less ad revenue that print-edition customers.  It is a view […]

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  • Demand Media model shows the web pays

    Demand Media model shows the web pays

    An interesting post from the media journo PSmith draws some thought-provoking conclusions about US ‘content factory’ Demand Media, which we’ve also covered here. Smith points out that DM’s model – which uses computer-generated algorithms based on advertising to decide what to commission – is exceeding even its own expectations in generating revenue. So, it seems […]

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  • NUJ: if Murdoch’s paywall works – great

    NUJ: if Murdoch’s paywall works – great

    Hackles rose among some of the ranks in the National Union of Journalists when an article in Prospect magazine suggested the Britain’s largest journalist’s organisation had taken a position against the News International paywall. Union vice-president Donnacha DeLong was quick to point out that the magazine’s article inaccurately represented his and the union’s position – which he set […]

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  • ProPublica take the opposite approach to paywalls

    ProPublica take the opposite approach to paywalls

    Rather than trying to prevent others from lifting their content, the US investigative journalism operation ProPublica is making theft effortless.  From now on each story will automatically generate html to allow other users to lift their material – formatting, links and all.  Secondary users are allowed to republish the material at will under a creative commons licence.  Here is their […]

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  • Le start-up breaks France’s top political story

    Le start-up breaks France’s top political story

    The political story currently rocking the French political establishment was broken by a media start-up. Information revealed by news website Mediapart has led to claims that the election campaign which propelled President Nicolas Sarkozy to victory was part-funded by illegal donations from France’s richest woman, heiress to the L’Oreal empire Liliane Bettencourt. Mediapart, which models […]

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  • NI paywall falls on Friday 2 July

    NI paywall falls on Friday 2 July

    The paywall on The Times and The Sunday Times websites falls today – 2 July.  This date was a closely guarded secret until announced by News International yesterday. From now on, access to the sites will cost £1 per day, or £2 per week – although in an introductory offer, all customers will be allowed 30 […]

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  • Can NI’s paywalls succeed?

    Can NI’s paywalls succeed?

    BBC Radio Four’s Media Show hosted a debate between The Sunday Times John Witherow and The Guardian’s Alan Rusbridger that can be heard here.  The main subject is the viability of News International’s imminent erection of paywalls around The Times and Sunday Times content.    They provide some interesting contextualisaiton to the debate – it costs […]

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  • Radio 4 investigates new media models

    Radio 4 investigates new media models

    The latest edition of BBC Radio 4’s ‘In Business’ brought some real insight into how the top guns in the media are thinking about new revenue models – and some reasons to be cheerful for those working at every level of journalism. ‘Press Under Pressure’, broadcast on May 6th and again on the 9th, went […]

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  • Daedalus on the future of news

    Daedalus on the future of news

    The latest edition of Daedalus is devoted to the future of news, and contains much that will be of interest to readers of this site.  It can all be read online here. The lead article in the Spring 2010 edition of the journal, produced by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, is a consideration […]

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