The Dallas Morning News dropped its online paywall today. Its website now is available free. For those who still wish to pay, their $11.96 monthly will get them a collage-style display with far few advertisements and some special subscriber benefits and features. Mathew Ingram, writing for paidContent, says the organization believes that users do not wish to pay for the content but will pay for the delivery of the printed paper.
Karthika Muthukumaraswamy, writing for Huffington Post, says we might be moving into an era of crowdsourced journalism and a la carte story-selling. Tapping into the generosity of a few might be an effective strategy to pay for the journalism for many, she argues.
Frédéric Filloux, in his weekly Monday Note, looks at the balance between serendipity and personalization in online news delivery. He notes the traditional trusted brand is disappearing and the economics of digital news remain challenging, but reports on Google's efforts to blend surprise and relevance in its delivery of content involving personal preferences and inclinations.
The New Yorker's Ken Auletta provides an extensive profile this week of The Guardian and its efforts to sustain through investigative journalism. With its trust funds running down, the news organization has determined it wants to be a global brand to survive. Auletta paints a convincing picture of its earnest desire to be a model of best practices in journalism and of its crusading editor, Alan Rusbridger.