Sarah Booker


Paywall watch and Online Journalism Blog

Filed under: Web journalism — Sarah Booker Lewis @ 11:38 pm
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A few weeks ago Online Journalism Blog founder Paul Bradshaw asked members’ of the OJB Facebook group to get involved and come up with ideas to encourage more people to get involved.

One lengthy group email later (if only we all had Google Wave it would have been so much easier to follow) and the first debate launched was paywall watch

The first article to stimulate discussion in the group worked well, especially once I plucked up the courage to send a message to users.

Feedback from this first post has been integrated into a new and improved paywall watch post on the blog itself, Paywall watch: the news you’re willing to pay for.

It will be interesting to see how the debate develops.

Since late November, I’ve been asked my opinions about Johnston Press’s experimental paywalls. I know nothing more than the details in the previous link, and work many hundreds of miles away from the publications in question, so haven’t heard any of the feedback.

It will be interesting to see what happens and if any other publishers, such as Newsquest and Trinity Mirror join in the paywall bandwagon.