Earlier this week multiple people I know posted this article from POLITICO Magazine, “What If the Newspaper Industry Made a Colossal Mistake?” on Facebook.
The very first question of the article stated “What if almost the entire newspaper industry got it wrong?” and the rest of the article was just as thought-provoking and had some interesting points/research including:
In 2012, Abbie actually wrote a blog post, #MediaMonday - Arizona Republic launches new subscription model, and while she agreed with the subscription model, she also agreed that the newspaper would always be around. That being said, I will admit (again) that I prefer to read the print version of a newspaper or magazine (and I also really enjoy a print book, too – gasp). But I will from time to time read (and/or share) an article from a news outlet if I see something of interest on social media. But I don’t go to a local newspaper website or news aggregate to get my news, I pick up the paper.
That being said, in the article, the author suggests that newspaper outlets focus on making the print editions the best that they can be, which I agree with. But then the article recommends that if a news outlet is going to have an online edition, that they have a paywall. This I am not sure I agree with. If I have to pay for an article online, I will just skip it.
So I would like to know, do you still read the print version newspapers and do you use a news aggregate for your news? Also, would you pay for online content?