Pay Walls, Fact Checks and Congress – all here today:
- John McQuaid adds a rational perspective and counterpoint to Farhi.
- Matt Yglesias questions Chris Matthews’s “Bloggers Don’t Fact Check” assertion. (Video of Matthews’ comments here – his nostalgia for print copies of newspapers is adorable)
- An LATimes opinion writer is calling for Congressional intervention to save journalism. You can consider this to be this week’s Farhi piece among bloggers looking for something with which to collectively disagree. Removing anti-trust laws would also make it about one step easier for David Simon’s “dream world” discussed in CJR.
- Going international, the Irish Times covers the search for online news revenue.
- Finally, Rick Edmonds at Poynter writes how tall pay walls could hurt community access to information.
These three slides are a part of a guest lecture I did earlier this year up at Boston College. The full lecture is also on SlideShare.
- How can the government save journalism? [Online Journalism Blog]
- What Are Readers Worth? [Ezra Klein, of the Washington Post, responds to Paul Farhi’s American Journalism Review feature] Klein is an online-first author at WaPo, so his view of his colleague’s recommendation is fairly interesting to consider:
But putting my interests aside, this gets to one of the odder conflicts in journalism: Farhi is saying that the media should make a decision to inform fewer people. To do its job — if you understand its job as providing news rather making profits — worse.
- “Audiences are more stratified by media habits than they are united by common interests.” [From Peter Feld’s Tumblr response to some of the conversations around Farhi’s feature]
- The General Columnist Era Is Over [Spencer Hall at the Sporting Blog]
Late to the party, here’s some afternoon reading. The Paul Farhi/AJR article is going to make some waves in terms of criticism.
- Build That Pay Wall High [American Journalism Review]. It actually includes the following quote:
Unless the newspaper industry can persuade the rest of the digital world to stop creating new Web sites, or can persuade many more millions of people to start visiting their own sites, everyone in the online news business will be on the wrong side of the supply and demand problem. Forever.
- Cox integrates radio, TV, newspaper [Shaping the Future of Newspaper Blog]
- “Information bad for you,” says older generation. [Wikinomics]
- Journalism Schools Introduce New Degrees Focused on Future [Poynter’s E-Media Tidbits]