Nearly half of North American editors surveyed doubt that requiring payment for online content is the answer to the news media's current fiscal crisis, Spanish blogger Juan Varela reported Wednesday at soitu.es. Varela's article summarises findings announced this week at the Newsmedia Economic Action Plan Conference held in Reston, Virginia, United States.
The study, conducted by the American Press Institute in cooperation with Belden Interactive, reiterates that dailies are too distant from readers as well as being too paper-reliant. API does not envision "paid content as the one source that will save journalism."
Rather, it urges a five-point plan developed at this year's Newspaper Association of America conference held in January. The five points involve "doctrines" respecting true value, fair use, fair share, digital development and consumer-centric practices.