News & Publishing

Beyond the Paywall: Future Valuation of News

By Gretchen A. Peck

News pay models seem to be caught in a publishing purgatory. Newspaper publishers have the need to make content accessible, shareable, viral even. And yet, much of it is nestled behind paywalls, some of which have been erected with greater success than others. This quagmire — coupled with the decline of mass-appeal advertising in favor of highly targeted campaigns — presents a bleak future for newspapers if these unsustainable models aren’t overhauled. But determining how to valuate content is only half the challenge. First, news enterprises have to figure out how best to prove that value to potential new subscribers.

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Published by Editor & Publisher magazine, July 2014

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