Departmental Papers (ASC)

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

2014

Publication Source

Digital Journalism

Volume

2

Issue

2

Start Page

195

Last Page

213

DOI

10.1080/21670811.2013.865967

Abstract

This article chronicles the recent history of the debate in the United States over digital paywalls, a model often hailed as newspapers’ savior. We show how this debate has evolved from emphasizing industry-wide adoption to focusing on individual experiments. While highlighting potential legal, economic, and democratic concerns with paywalls, we examine the empirical record of three prominent newspaper paywall models: the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the Dallas Morning News, and the New York Times. While each has enjoyed varying levels of success, our analysis suggests that paywalls are unable to offset steep losses in advertising revenue. We conclude by briefly discussing non-commercial alternatives.

Copyright/Permission Statement

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Digital Journalism on 2014, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/" DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/21670811.2013.865967

Keywords

future of journalism, media history, newspapers, paywalls

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Date Posted: 23 May 2016

This document has been peer reviewed.