Blogger Amy Smith, asks a very good question about pay walls being the answer to journalism’s biggest problems. Smith disagrees that pay walls is the solution to journalism’s problem because its business format is not a well thought out plan to be the all-in-one solution. Smith blogs “News websites like The New York Times, The Baltimore Sun and the Augusta Chronicle have created pay walls that allow readers a limited number of free views before they are charged for content.”
She goes on to explain “because the trend is new, it is uncertain if the pay wall is making the newspapers a profit, but Augusta Chronicle Executive Editor Alan English believes “the act of placing a value on our journalism may be more important than any penny we ever collect.”
Smith argues the point that anyone can find an article that News websites charge on the internet in one form or the other. She also states that once people have to pay for something that they feel they could get free, the merchant loses their customers. For example, if Facebook was to start charging a fee the amount of users will drastically drop.
I do agree with Smith’s comment, “Though the idea of the perfect pay wall seems life-saving for journalism, I am not completely convinced it will ever succeed…I have faith that newspapers will succeed online, but so far, pay walls do not seem like the answer.”
Read the article and tell me what you think. Are pay walls the answer to journalism’s biggest problems?