Not finding a new business model and falling back to paywall system… No, I am not going to use it. the New York Times definitely serves some quality journalism, but since September 11, I don’t need to get perspectives or news from NYT. There are so many other sources. Good luck NYT with your paywall:)
from Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow
by Charlie White
Now that The New York Times has finally announced its paywall, the wave of comments online is growing and growing.
The pay wall cometh to the New York Times. On March 28, the New York Times will let you view 20 articles on NYTimes.com per month, and thereafter you’ll need to pay for one of their new digital subscription plans. Print subscribers will get full digital access, and you can still view articles for free if you’re over your 20-article limit by going through Google searches, Facebook or Twitter. That quickly led to a Twitter feed @FreeNYT that promises to link to articles so they won’t count against monthly limits. We’ll see how long it takes for the Times to shut that feed down.
“Today marks a significant transition for The New York Times as we introduce digital subscriptions”, announces Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr., publisher of the paper, today, March 17th, on the paper’s website.
FreeNYTimes writes, “The twitter account I set up to broadcast data from the NY Times API, @freeNYTimes, was recently suspended, ostensibly for trademark infringement. But I set up a mirror at @freeUnnamedNews, which should be good to go because it doesn’t use the paper’s name in the feed. Right?”
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Political analysts are dismissing last Thursday’s House vote forbidding public radio stations to spend federal dollars on content (HR 1076) as little more than red meat for the Republican base. But even if not a single dollar ends up being stripped from public broadcasting appropriations, the current battle threatens to strangle innovation in a sector that was just gaining new media sea legs.
Tumblr has been steadily gaining prominence in the world of social media platforms. The site has grown significantly since David Karp founded it in 2007, current boasting almost 15 million blogs. With a reported 45,000 members signing up a day, it’s certainly gaining popularity.
What differentiates a working journalist from a mere blogger? The Huffington Post bloggers debate continues…
In the debate about how the Huffington Post treats its bloggers who write for free, which was sparked by AOL’s $315 million purchase of the site, another argument has been introduced: bloggers aren’t writers, Huffpo said.
As already reported, during recent uprisings in the Arab world, Al Jazeera has emerged as an unlikely news authority in the US and elsewhere.
As RNW‘s Media Network reported, a special edition for an international audience in English in now available: Media Monitor – The Dutch media in 2010.
For Harvard?s Nieman Lab I interviewed Lila King from CNN about how it was able to use footage from its iReport to enhance the network?s reporting on the Japan earthquake: