L. Gordon Crovitz takes a different turn today in the Wall Street Journal on the can-news-sites-charge-for-content debate. He believes newspapers need to regain the courage to ask readers what they'd pay for.
Crovitz argues that there are forms of information clearly commodified and well beyond the pay model, but certain types of content could derive some financial support.
"The right information in today's complex economy and society can make a huge difference in our professional and personal lives. Not having this information can also make a big difference, especially if someone else does have it. And for valuable information, online is a great new way for it to be valued."