Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Would You Pay to Read Newspapers On Line?

If all the big newspapers fail, would you be willing to pay to read them on line? Suppose the fee was comparable to what you now pay for your local newspaper.

I’m not sure I would because sitting at the computer first thing in the morning and reading the newspaper just seems all wrong. I want to have a newspaper in front of me in the kitchen while I’m enjoying my first cup of coffee. I want those crossword puzzles there with me too. The Palm Beach Post has two crossword puzzles in it every morning. If I can master them both, now that starts the day off right!


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April 01, 2009 2:19 AM  
Blogger Dr. Know said...

The NYT tried that and I was a non-subscriber to the "premium content" - so I suppose that means No! Advertiser revenue would be my suggestion. It's a bold new world out there for the newspaper industry - or what's left of it. Real Journalists are about gone anyway, and I can get AP feeds without buying the paper paper. It says a lot about moderm managment that the first line of defense against a troubled market is to fire the content producers...

April 01, 2009 3:49 AM  
Blogger betmo said...

absolutely not. i won't pay for corporatist propaganda. there are plenty of investigative journalists doing freelance work and putting it online for free. i stopped subscription to my local paper because it went from being a small paper with 4 sections to crap. all local and mostly all of those happy stories like weddings, sports events for kids you don't know, etc. no thanks.

i don't buy the nyt because well, they fell down on the job- and rolled over to the corporate masters. it's that simple.

April 01, 2009 5:15 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...


April 01, 2009 5:43 AM  
Blogger Sewmouse said...


I don't pay to have a paper delivered either. There are enough "news" sites online that are free, if I want crosswords I can buy a book of them, and I don't have the paper kind delivered because I don't ever read it, so I don't want to kill trees just to recycle them.

It is amazing how much more "up on things" I am than my family/coworkers who read newspapers and watch TV are. Between reading a lot of blogs and online news feeds (free), I learn a lot without spending a dime.

April 01, 2009 6:40 AM  
Blogger roger said...

i read several comics and do three crosswords every morning online. not sure i would pay for that. reporters do need to be paid. i don't have a clue how to proceed so that we can get relevant news. TPM seems to have a way to pay (ads) for reporters. that model doesn't include local news.

April 01, 2009 9:19 AM  
Blogger Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Let them fail. In their place will spring up papers and news outlets that actually serve the community and not the advertisers.

April 01, 2009 10:34 AM  
Blogger two crows said...

I dunno for sure.
I tend to think 'yes' because I do believe that a vigorous press is essential.

I don't buy paper papers because of the environment and because I don't follow the local news, anyway. I do read the NYT and WaPo online.
so, if I could pay only for the sections I read [mostly politics], I guess I'd pay.

acourse, having em delivered for free to my inbox sure is nice. but, I know that can't last forever.
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so please go here to donate-- it's free:

April 01, 2009 2:11 PM  
Blogger dguzman said...

I volunteer for a local community paper, and we're all abuzz about the downfall of the corporate media giants. My managing ed did a great piece about it at (look for the pdfs of our new April issue), and I have to agree--crossword lover though I am, I wouldn't care if the big print dailies all died, because I think community papers would take up the slack. At least that's what we're trying to do at Voices, because our local corp-paper is trash.

April 02, 2009 8:46 AM  
Blogger Snave said...

So much information on the internet is free, and I think we are all so used to that by now that the idea of paying to read a paper online would keep most of us from paying to read it... and that might in turn drive people to less reliable, more politically-biased sources for their news. Could that in turn drive more people toward more unfair and unbalanced "news"?

I think all mainstream newspapers need to avoid asking people to pay for the online content.

April 02, 2009 10:39 AM  
Blogger Kimberly said...

I don't read the morning newspaper even though its delivered to my front yard, but I want the option...

April 05, 2009 5:06 PM  

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