New Models To Compensate Journalists And Writers

Mike Masnick, TechDirt, Jan 07, 2009
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Rather more people may be looking for these new models, if the scenario outlined by Michael Hirschorn in the Atlantic - the demise of the New York Times this May - comes to pass. These 'end times' are not outlandish: "drastic measures will have to be taken over the next five months or the paper will default on some $400million in debt." So how will we get our news? This posts suggests a model where interested parties will fund the journalists - sports leagues, for example, will fund sports writers. Well, sure, that works in sports, where 'rah rah' journalism is to be expected. But what happens when politicians pay political writers, tech companies pay tech writers, and so on? Well - that's what's happening online now. Big question: is it working? Is it a viable model for news (and learning!) in the future? Probably not. It will pay the bills - but at the expense of accuracy and integrity.
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