Finding free news online, especially from reputable sources, is becoming more difficult. News organizations are increasingly putting content behind paywalls rather than relying solely on advertising revenue.
Damian Radcliffe, a UO journalism professor, spoke with the Daily Mail UK about the trend.
“Services like Netflix and Spotify have helped people get into the habit of paying for digital content they used to get for free,” he said. “People recognize that if you value journalism, especially in the current political climate, you need to pay for it.”
The New York Times has 2.6 million paying subscribers. The Washington Post has more than one million. Meanwhile, smaller publications may face more difficulties in getting digital readers to pay up.
“Smaller local organizations might find it harder to make their case to readers (to pay), and they have a smaller pool of customers,” Radcliffe said.