In blueprinting its online paywall, The New York Times is likely focusing on what readers in New York, Orlando, and Houston will pay, giving less thought to millions of readers outside the U.S. They should proceed with caution, though. “As with anything powerful, prices must be handled with care,” wrote Eduardo Porter in The Price of Everything, noting also that, “Moving people requires a price.” Yes it does, and asking the same price for online news from every person everywhere might not move the most customers. Porter is also on the editorial board of The New York Times. His colleagues should read his book.
The News Frontier
12:40 PM - March 16, 2011
Should News Paywalls Demand Less in Poorer Countries?
The case for variable pricing
How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent
Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing
How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online
The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan
Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination
Email blasts from CJR writers and editors
“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”
“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”
“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”
Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute
Who Owns What
A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Questions and exercises for journalism students.