Should the New York Times put a premium paywall around about-to-be-breaking news?

by Carl Natale on April 25, 2012

Felix Salmon of Reuters has an idea for Big Journalism. He suggests that news organizations release news and information first to premium paying customers.

Could the NYT make money from its scoops?

“It’s entirely normal, and perfectly ethical, for news organizations, including Reuters, to give faster access to the best-paying customers.” (via Felix Salmon at Reuters)


That is unless the news organization markets itself as a champion of the right to know, freedom of information and openness.

Sure this could work for private content producers. But newspapers are public institutions.

Nice try but no cigar.

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