As 2009 comes to a close, the various problems afflicting the newspaper industry have hardly subsided, although several plans aimed at improving the state of affairs were spawned.
Pay walls, micro-payments, cost-cutting initiatives, online subscriptions, micro-donations, government bailouts – the list continues, although no clear winner surfaced. Of greatest value, perhaps, is the collection of ideas and experiments designed by researchers and practitioners, hoping to erect a new platform for the kind of journalism we gravely require. In what he calls a “Flying Seminar on the Future of News,” Jay Rosen, author of journalism blog PressThink, collected several high-caliber articles dealing with the economy of news.
For a thorough review, see his entry at Pressthink.