Digest: Good news on paywall
In fact, according to a report released by the Newspaper Association of America in August, there is an obvious trend in the media for more newspapers to set up paywall models and some even called last year “The year of paywall”.
The South China Morning Post was among a small group of newspapers which launched their paywall models between late 1990s and early 2000s worldwide. On Monday, we finally adopted the metered model. After registration, every online reader will be offered eight free stories per month.
Will it work? Personally, I think it will, but only after we have more authentic, timely and insightful reports for readers greatly interested in Hong Kong and mainland China.
It’ll be extremely difficult for media outlets to have exclusive information in future since every citizen can be a news source, simply with their mobile phones and social media platforms. But raw information does not always equal good news, which needs to be carefully verified, objectively written, well organised and properly presented to different readers with different news-reading devices, which include print materials, TVs, radios, PCs and tablets.
The "Multi-Screen World" is changing the way people approach information, but not necessarily changing their needs for reliable news.
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