Comment 54599

By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted January 05, 2011 at 13:21:17

I'm skeptical of how much of a business model can be built around this kind of 21st century journalism. People want news that's free in more ways than one, and it just doesn't follow that five or ten serious news stories a day and several sections of filler require a massive full-time workforce.

I would really like to see independent journalists get paid for their (our) time. I know what it's like to spend a dozen hours in Special Collections for a single article in a small-run newspaper, and to do it all for free. Perhaps someday we'll all be paid as freelancers, but I'm not holding my breath. What's far more likely is that we'll see a decentralized network of many news sources from different viewpoints, sharing stories and sources to provide a wider picture.

Perhaps this will never really yield windfall profits. Perhaps no one news source will ever again rise to the top. But perhaps all those hours we spend actually doing this stuff ourselves is what we'll have to pay for news from now on.

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