Interesting editorial by World News Publishing Focus on CrowdNe.ws and our leadership role in alternatives to paywalls.
I found this graph espeically insightful:
The “a la carte” move to simplify the news marketplace is part of a growing trend that has decreased the importance of journalists’ ties to publications. Recently, other startups that created author-specific paywalls and allowed freelancers to name the price of their reporting have increased the power of journalists themselves.
Yeah, welcome to the 21st century of news. The dynamics of journalism has changed. Today, the audience can buy their news directly from the journalist. No legacy news organization required.
Imagine how this changes not just the marketplace, but how a different type of news marketplace influences the responsibility of reputation of the news provider. Reputation of the journalist will be made or lost by journalists themselves, no longer tied to a legacy news organziation. This creates greater responsibility for the journalist, and also frees the journalist from the reputation, good or bad, of the media organizaotion.
Full World News Publishing Focus article at 'A la carte' journalism presents alternative to paywalls.