Salvation Or Folly?

  title={Salvation Or Folly?},
  author={Victor W. Pickard and Alexander Williams},
  journal={Digital Journalism},
  pages={195 - 213}
This article chronicles the recent history of the debate in the United States over digital paywalls, a model often hailed as newspapers’ savior. We show how this debate has evolved from emphasizing industry-wide adoption to focusing on individual experiments. While highlighting potential legal, economic, and democratic concerns with paywalls, we examine the empirical record of three prominent newspaper paywall models: the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the Dallas Morning News, and the New York… 
The Great Evasion: Confronting Market Failure in American Media Policy
The history of American media is in many ways a history of market failure. Yet these recurring patterns almost always go unrecognized in mainstream policy discourse. Because media are special kinds
Confronting Market Failure: Past Lessons Toward Public Policy Interventions
This chapter provides an overview of both the hindrances facing a public interest agenda and the promises for policy reform. Before examining potential policy interventions for supporting public
Fragile finance: The revenue models of oppositional news outlets in repressive regimes
For journalists promoting the free flow of information in repressive or restrictive media environments, the issue of financial sustainability is complex. Both media in exile (out-of-country news
Retooling Politics
Donald Trump, the Arab Spring, Brexit: digital media have provided political actors and citizens with new tools to engage in politics. These tools are now routinely used by activists, candidates,
Investigative Journalism, Democracy and the Digital Age
reporting in the digital age. Mapping new forms of global collaborative investigative journalism, the book debunks the myth that traditional newsrooms and investigative journalism are dying, and
First-movers and industry shakeups: How public newspapers define value
With profitability for newspapers waning, publications are seeking new investments to bolster their bottom lines. At the same time, newspaper executives are experiencing pressures to generate new
The Value of Local News in the Digital Realm – Introducing the Integrated Value Creation Model
Abstract Taking the failing two-sided market model of commercial news media as its point of departure, this article introduces a value creation model that unpacks the dynamics of local newspapers’
Why Drop a Paywall? Mapping Industry Accounts of Online News Decommodification
Why is news sometimes free? Although the commercial press’s history is, in part, the search for new forms of commodification, journalism sometimes distances itself from commerce and economically
Reinventing the business model for local newspapers by building walls
ABSTRACT Using a business model lens, we analyse local newspapers’ paywall strategies and ask how monetisation has affected the newspapers’ offerings to users and advertisers. Based on interviews
Innovators and innovated: Newspapers and the postdigital future beyond the “death of print”
This analysis inductively develops a nuanced account of the role of the newspaper as an object and as an institution that suggests a hybrid, multifaceted, enduring presence of print in the complex media ecology of the future.


▪ Abstract Political science has tended to neglect the study of the news media as political institutions, despite a long history of party-subsidized newspapers and despite a growing chorus of
Can Government Support the Press? Historicizing and Internationalizing a Policy Approach to the Journalism Crisis
Although consensus has been reached that journalism is in crisis, few agree on the nature of its decline or the means of resolving it. After providing an overview of this ongoing debate, the author
To what extent can we disassociate the technology and economics of newspapers from their political and cultural functions? Many of the latter functions have survived previous eras of technological
Newspaper Paywalls—the Hype and the Reality
This paper addresses the contemporary issue of newspaper paywalls. The paper aims to analyse different paywall models and how they impact on media corporations’ revenues in the United States, the
The Story So Far: What We Know About the Business of Digital Journalism
Bill Grueskin, Ava Seave, and Lucas Graves spent close to a year tracking the reporting of on-site news organizations--some of which were founded over a century ago and others established only in the
The News Deal: How Price-Fixing and Collusion Can Save the Newspaper Industry, and Why Congress Should Promote it
Newspaper executives have been struggling for the past decade to slow the sharp and unprecedented decline of their industry. While no effort has worked, one promising business model would be to
* Editorial: The Future of Newspapers Bob Franklin * The Curse of Introversion Peter Preston * The Future of Newspapers: Historical Perspectives Martin Conboy and John Steel * Mapping Professional
Paying for What Was Free: Lessons from the New York Times Paywall
Results suggest that people react negatively to paying for previously free content, but change can be facilitated with compelling justifications that emphasize fairness.
Paying for What? How Much? And Why (Not)? Predictors of Paying Intent for Multiplatform Newspapers
Propelled by the recent economic recession that caused substantial declines in advertising revenue, some major newspapers have renewed their efforts to find alternative revenue models. This renewed
Content online and the end of public media? The UK, a canary in the coal mine?
Online delivery of content has changed media advertising markets, undermining the business model which has underpinned provision of ‘public media’. Three business models have sustained mass media: