philanthropists would have to drop $88 billion into the nonprofit news sector to create an endowment large enough to support $4.4 billion in annual expenses by news organizations. Given the $307.7 billion given to charity in 2008, Mutter writes, that’s a tall order.
The Times has considered three types of pay strategies. One option was a more traditional pay wall along the lines of The Wall Street Journal, in which some parts of the site are free and some subscription-only. For example, editors and business-side executives discussed a premium version of Andrew Ross Sorkin'sDealBook section. Another option was the metered system. The third choice, an NPR-style membership model, was abandoned last fall, two sources explained. The thinking was that it would be too expensive and cumbersome to maintain because subscribers would have to receive privileges (think WNYC tote bags and travel mugs, access to Times events and seminars).
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First,a few scary numbers
• Daily papers cut their newsrooms by 11%, or 6,000 full- time workers, in 2008, the biggest one year drop since 1978.• Newspaper publishers reduced newsroom staff by another 5,200 jobs in 2009, for a total reduction in daily newsroom staffing of more than 25%• Retail, classified, and national ads have traditionally accounted for 80% of newspaper revenues, with subscriptions and newsstand sales making up most of the rest• Total advertising revenue at daily newspapers plunged from $49.4 billion in 2005 to $27.6 billion in 2009—a 44% decrease.
Society doesn’t need newspapers.What we need is journalism. For acentury, the imperatives tostrengthen journalism and tostrengthen newspapers have beenso tightly wound as to beindistinguishable. That’s been afine accident to have, but whenthat accident stops, as it isstopping before our eyes, we’regoing to need lots of other waysto strengthen journalism instead.-Clay ShirkyPhoto by CS Muncy
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“I think it’s just an incredibly interesting and exciting time forjournalism. Sometimes I worry that’s not communicated very clearly tocollege students, that sometimes there’s a little too much doom andgloom that is conveyed by people in the industry. I feel like it’s a goldenage of journalism. There are so many possibilities and there are somany things you can do. “ – Gabriel Dance.