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Live news blogs gain popularity across the world

02/07/2013 21:53

There is much to appreciate in the latest digital news report produced by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ).
The Guardian reported one obvious stand-out finding: young people are more willing to pay for online news than older people.
The study's author, Nic Newman, spoke of "significant shifts in public attitudes to online news, with more people starting to pay for digital news or seeming to accept that in future they will probably have to pay."
It prompted Robert Picard, the RISJ's director of research, to write that "newspaper publishers beleaguered by digital developments for the past decade are starting to believe that business models to support digital journalism have emerged."
He cited growing revenue from paywalls and tablet/smartphone apps, which "are leading more newspapers to shut off or reduce the flow of free digital news."
He pointed out that straightforward paywalls cause a dramatic fall in traffic (85-95% evidently) while the "freemium" and "metered" odels "have reduced traffic by only 5% to 15%."
And he contended that "a number" of large, traditional publishers "are now generating 15% to 25% of their total revenue from digital media with audiences as much as 10 times larger than their print editions."
Though this news is welcome, I don't suppose too many people find it surprising. It tends to confirm a trend previously identified. The report, which runs to 112 pages, contains other nuggets, one of which concerns live blogs.
Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/greenslade/2013/jun/24/live-interactive-blogging