The challenge of digital journalism remains its unclear business model. Certain sites and organizations have found success, but a consistently sustaining course of business is elusive as a model. The Clark Medal winner for economics, Michael Gentzkow, discusses the Internet-related issues for news, principally how the fixed costs of producing news remain high and how difficult it is to produce original content without a solid business premise. The Internet hasn't changed that.
The print-is-dead mantra congests the media discourse and obscures the reality that, in many smaller communities, the newspaper remains vital and thriving. Al Jazeera America examines the sustainable success of the Internet-light, print-heavy communities that continue to value their connections via paper.
The chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission has posted a defence of his organization's approach to so-named net neutrality. Tom Wheeler says the commission is attempting to bring clarity and avoid endless litigation while ensuring consumers have the access to the Internet they do today. Skeptics argue the commission is heading down a path to violate net neutrality, but Wheeler says it's too early to be judgmental about the commission's approach.