On Point’s Tense Debate About the Future of News

The fur was flying on Tom Ashbrook’s public radio show, On Point,  recently when the guests attempted to predict the future of the news industry. The issue on the table was Rupert Murdoch’s threat to challenge Google – and Google’s news-for-free philosophy – by charging people for access to stories produced by his News Corp empire. Michael Wolff, a Vanity Fair contributor and founder of Newser.com, lashed into Steven Brill, a media mogul and founder of Journalism Online, a company that helps publishing companies transition to charging for content. Jeff Jarvis, a CUNY journalism professor and author of “What Would Google Do?”, was also in the mix. Despite the friction, there were some fascinating perspectives on the thorny issue of charging for content.

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