Are there any working business models for journalism?

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Many Newssites on the web make most articles available for free.

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  • This is due to an idealistic approach to both journalism and the web, aiming at keeping news available at low costs for everybody.

  • The reason for this can be seen in an overly long peroid of experimenting: The possibilities the web offers are still being explored with the aim to develop a sucessfull business-model, testing audience reactions, click-flows, paywalls, content-types and the like. Since that has cost more than it yielded for too long for many companies and did not generate a sustainable business modell, the digital transformation of journalism is at least in part a failure.

  • The news sites would not do this unless they had figured out an alternative way of bringing in revenue, such as advertising.