Mark Glaser at Mediashift PBS is faciliating a debate between Mike Masnick of Techdirt and David Carr of the New York Times. The subject is how newspapers can survive by charging for their content online. Part 1 has just been publise.
Newspapers need to start charging for online content to survive. If newspapers charge for content, it will hasten their extinction. These are the opposing views in the very heated debate going on among newspaper publishers, editors, journalists and new media mavens. While pay walls for newspaper content have had mixed success — with the Wall Street Journal Online being the major shining example — the idea of micropayments for news stories is once again gaining supporters.