by J. Michael Wheeler
A La Carte Journalism: Where People (and Reporters) Set the Agenda by Karthika Muthukumaraswamy in the Huffington Post, 9/30/13. http://crdne.ws/17ta0WX
Ever since the advent of digital journalism, the responsibility (or freedom?) of curation has fallen to readers: RSS feeds and email alerts, individualized newspaper home pages, curated content from Twitter and Facebook, read-later and personalized magazine apps like Instapaper, Flipboard and the like: endless options where readers can tailor their news sources based on their favorite topics, publications and personalities.
This realization has led to pay-per-article news services hoping to capitalize on this new way of consuming news, offering readers the ability to buy individual news articles for a subscription directly from the journalists they support -- eradicating the "barrier" hitherto known as the media organization. The Journalism Shop debuted as early as 2006 and more recently, CrowdNe.ws came about, which describes itself as iTunes + KickStarter + News.
Muthukumaraswamy's article is a broad survey of "the experimental stages of paid online journalism..."
We are as close to a la carte story selling as we've ever been.
That iTunes model of news all over again. It worked for music. We're very close to finding out if it will work for journalism.
Yeah, we like that CrowdNe.ws is very close...
A La Carte Journalism: Where People (and Reporters) Set the Agenda, by Karthika Muthukumaraswamy