Comment 52378

By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted November 29, 2010 at 21:17:06

The problem with the internet is that it's hard to make money. People won't pay for your articles or buy subscriptions, they'll just click on to the next site. Newspapers have been slow to engage with it because of that, fearing that people would 'get something for free'. Others weren't so fearful, and stole the show.

I'd have a lot more sympathy if the quality of "paid" reporters really was all that much better than us amateurs. Sadly, it isn't. And if the fear of the newspaper industry is that they're going to loose precious customer income because people are doing a better job and giving it away for free, I really don't know what to tell them. It's not like big corporations haven't been paying them for years to NOT cover stories (through ad revenues, by far their biggest income). If that money wasn't worth it, that's all on them.

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