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[News] Newspapers Find Out That Paywall is Suicide

  • Subject: [News] Newspapers Find Out That Paywall is Suicide
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 29 Jan 2010 11:42:24 +0000
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After Three Months, Newsday's Grand Paywall Experiment Has 35 Paying Customers. Yes, 35.

,----[ Quote ]
| Like many, we were amazed at the decision 
| by Cablevision to try charging $5 per week 
| (yes, per week) for its paywall to Newsday 
| content online. The newspaper itself is 
| not particularly good and doesn't really 
| provide all that much in the way of excess 
| value compared to what else is out there. 
| And $5/week is extremely high. Yet, even 
| so, we're a bit surprised that after three 
| months, the paper has a grand total of 35 
| paying subscribers. Yes, 35. I'm sure that 
| extra $175/week comes in quite handy. Oh 
| right, they also saved on the salary of 
| their popular columnist who quit, rather 
| than have his work hidden behind a 
| paywall. 


Daily Mirror Blocks NewsNow; Will It Start Paying Its Own Sources?

,----[ Quote ]
| We've already described how ridiculously 
| hypocritical it is for various newspapers 
| to block UK aggregator service NewsNow 
| from linking to their articles in its paid 
| subscription service, but apparently it's 
| a difficult concept for some to grasp. The 
| UK's Daily Mirror has now started blocking 
| access to NewsNow's crawlers, claiming 
| that its only problem is the fact that 
| NewsNow makes money off subscriptions. If 
| it wasn't making any money, the paper 
| wouldn't have a problem. 


The Hugh Cudlipp lecture: Does journalism exist?

,----[ Quote ]
| As Scott said 90 years ago: "What a chance 
| for the newspaper!" If we turn our back on 
| all this and at the same time conclude 
| that there is nothing to learn from it 
| because what 'they' do is different â 'we 
| are journalists, they aren't: we do 
| journalism; they don't' â then, never mind 
| business models, we will be sleep walking 
| into oblivion.


What's A Bigger Entitlement Mentality? Demanding Old Business Models Must Remain... Or Liking Free Stuff?

,----[ Quote ]
| Apparently times are hard over at ECN 
| Magazine. Rather than come up with 
| compelling content to draw people in, its 
| Technical Editor decided to pen the mother 
| of all troll-baiting editorials. NSILMike 
| points us to Jason Lomberg's recent rant 
| on The Internet Entitlement Mentality, 
| which I think may set a record for 
| repeating pretty much every long-debunked 
| fallacy about online content and business 
| models, as well as how it describes those 
| folks who actually understand basic 
| economics, and how free works as part of 
| an economic ecosystem.



Badda Bing! Microsoft woos newspapers by funding their stick to beat Google

,----[ Quote ]
| As Microsoft shed its beta tag for the launch
| of the UK version of Bing today, TechCrunch
| Europe has learnt that it held a secret
| meeting with a group of big European
| publishers, mainly newspapers.
| The meeting came literally days after Rupoert
| Murdoch said he was considering withdrawing
| his vast newspaper empire from Googleâs index,
| despite the possibility of losing a lot of
| traffic.
| What was discussed provides a glimpse of what
| newspaper publishers may do next, and how Bing
| will collude in this new war on Google.

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