Peter Kafka

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Another (Not Great) Newspaper Pay Wall Strategy: Shortchange the Web

Outside of a few outliers (like The Wall Street Journal), newspaper pay walls are unexplored territory. Which is why experiments like the ones the New York Times is conducting at its flagship paper and other publications are so interesting. But here’s one that probably won’t work: Rhode Island’s Providence Journal plans to run only excerpts from its print edition on its Web site–even for the paper’s subscribers.


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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald