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  • I've spent more than 25 years at the intersection of traditional and digital journalism. I've helped to invent ways to read and interact with the news and advertising on computer screens and iPads, and before that, I wrote news stories on typewriters and six-ply paper. I co-founded WashingtonPost.com and hyperlocal pioneers Backfence.com and GrowthSpur; served as editor of Philly.com; taught media entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland; and have done product-development and strategy consulting for all sorts of media and Internet companies and startups. You can read more about me here.

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March 17, 2011



You also pay for the production of the journalism, before it ever takes any ink or paper. Salaries, travel, etc.

Mark Potts

DBenk: That's simply not true. The bulk of the Times' revenue comes from advertising; the print subscription price probably doesn't even cover the printing and distribution. That advertising is what pays for the journalism.

Barbara Selvin

Money is fungible, and advertising revenues continue to drop. So every bit of revenue that comes in pays, in a sense, for the journalism.

The fundamental issue, as I see it, is that the communitarian architecture of the Internet doesn't blend with the profit motive. The Internet was built to share information, newspaper companies to profit from it.

I hope the Times' pay wall works. The company that produces so much outstanding work deserves the support of its readers -- online and off.


Todd Copilevitz

The issue I see isn't whether or not this will make enough money for The Times, but rather the punish the reader mentality. How can you justify a pricing structure that is varied by device you use and is more expensive than the printed product?

It will be a black eye for a storied institution. http://bit.ly/gfTaV7


Yesterday's release of Times photographers Lynsey Addario and Tyler Hicks from Libyan captivity - they're friends of mine -- inspired me to write this on my blog. I'm happy to support the Times' paywall, in the interest of keeping important journalism alive: http://06880danwoog.com/2011/03/22/paywalls-and-the-price-of-journalism/

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