New York Times Plans to Eliminate 100 Jobs in the Newsroom

Ravi Somaiya, New York Times, Oct 03, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The New York Times was one of the earliest and most prominent news sources to set up a paywall and opt for subscription-based online services. Though the newspaper has consistently claimed that the move was a success, it's not clear that it has been. This latest item suggests that the digital option is not paying its way. The economic model has peaked - the newspaper isn't getting any more new subscribers, and it's niche mobile products aren't expanding its reach. As Matthew Ingram tweets, "The NYT's apps are like untargeted mini paywalls -- they were built to serve the paper's needs, not users' needs." It's the software driving the journalism, argues Financial Times editor Lionel Barber. Links via American Press Institute.

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