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Dec 06, 2012

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JHM

I think I would be willing to pay for an online paper if:

1) it was significantly cheaper than the print version. So far most of the paywall newspapers have been too expensive to tempt me.

2) the journalistic quality was the same as a newspaper. What's the point if the "online" version of a newspaper is simply a blog aggregator? I want quality if I'm gonna pay.

Michael W. Kruse

And according to the article, 2) is why a paywall won't work for many papers. They have so gutted their news gathering assets in order to stay afloat that the are little more than aggregators. I suspect I might pay something for the Kansas City Star but they are going to have to do a bang up job on local and regional news.

JHM

I agree. I would be much more likely to pay for a local paper (like the paper "back home" where my family lives) than a national paper like the New York Times.

JMorrow

Ive been thinking alot about these issues since my online reading eventually replaced about 95% of my print newspaper or magazine reading.

For me, if I am to pay for content, quality of writing and originality of content are big motivators. But even more than this is understanding how to find the news or articles I need to read.

Most of my online reading begins at aggregated news sites which have a combination of original and sourced writing. If I read Sullivan's Daily Dish or the Atlantic I benefit from their work pulling from other sources which I am less familiar with. If I had to pay for all of those various source sites the proposition would be cumbersome and expensive. It could be too many subscriptions to keep up with.

I suspect if enough paywalls pop up there will be a place for bundling paywalls (cable style) either of various news outlets or of various trusted reporters/writers, or perhaps a combination of the two.

Michael W. Kruse

"I suspect if enough paywalls pop up there will be a place for bundling paywalls (cable style) either of various news outlets or of various trusted reporters/writers, or perhaps a combination of the two."

Interesting thought!

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