Newsday’s pay wall: From bad to worse

What’s wrong with this webpage I encountered the other day? Besides the lack of wisdom of a general-interest newspaper (Newsday) putting a pay wall on its website for non-unique content (my opinion, shared by many other media experts), the worse part is that Newsday.com is leaving money behind. Double-dumb. Here’s my experience: I saw a…

‘Will you pay for news?’ … ‘Hell, no!’

In this Denver Post story about parent company MediaNews Group’s new plan to charge for online news content, there’s an informal online poll. The results aren’t pretty for MNG. I’m quoted as the dissenting voice in this piece by reporter Andy Vuong, but it’s a tiny clip and he leaves out most of my arguments…

Can newspapers be like mega-churches?

No, this post is not about religion, it’s about media and how to pay for online news. So the debate rages on about “micropayments” for news and other techniques to get Internet users to pay for news content, so that newspapers and other news entities get a nice supplemental revenue stream and don’t go out…

A few more thoughts on voluntary monthly content payments

My recent E&P column, “Forget Micropayments — Here’s a Far Better Idea for Monetizing Content,” generated a ton of conversation, blog items, and mentions in news articles around the world. I’m pleased with that, because a wave had been building of (mostly older) prominent journalists and publishers recommending that news organizations start charging for their…

Why I dislike news micropayments, and a better idea

My latest column is up at EditorandPublisher.com, and I suspect it will cause some debate: Forget Micropayments — Here’s a Far Better Idea for Monetizing Content If you follow the media biz, you’ve surely seen the brouhaha over new calls from prominent journalists like Walter Isaacson and Steven Brill for news publishers to start charging…