Paying for Journalism; Bringing Experience to new platforms
It’s “funny” when they write like this about it.
Ms. Huffington is held up as someone to be looked toward as we discuss the New News – Huffington has been empaneled before the Senate, and is frequently asked how things will bein the “New Way.” Her views on journalism are regarded as Important.
This is not a pile-on; The Huffington Post is without doubt a resounding success story; *who’s* success, for the most part, is what’s in question.
They are *very* successful at this: packaging others’ stories, borrowing a lede, making sure the search engines see their spin before seeing even the source. It’s an effectiveness to be wished for, without doubt. Again, though, paying for original journalism is firmly within Ms. Huffington’s purview, yet Ms. Huffington – as a rule – prefers not to do so.
This is simply not true in my experience:
- not everyone brought “constraints” from their previous medium
- many embraced the possibilities of the new while bringing what was felt was the Best Of the “previous” medium along
- there wasn’t a whole lot of “trying” much of the time – the new medium – and its potential – was there and so was the pursuit of goals that had existed beforehand
There are understandable, vested interests at newspaper orgs. These interests have scuttled more progress on the digital front than any conceptual constraints ever did. Again, it’s understandable – there’s a business to run, and there are few clear ways ways to create sustainable revenues withe news online. It’s a work in progress.