Facing Up to the High Cost of Free News
Posted: 10/9/2012  |  By: Dean Starkman | Columbia Journalism Review
Pretty soon, proponents of free digital news will have to own up to the implications of their model.The structure is flawed.
 
To rely on online ads as the sole source of revenue is both unsound in theory, and in practice it’s having disastrous consequences in regional newsrooms, mostly notable at the Times-Picayune and other Advance Publications papers across the South.