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People Pay for Online News?


When I'm not working on my blog here, I'm attempting to add more local news to our websites. I'm usually adding press releases or writing quick news blurbs to provide news to our listeners. Our news team also works hard to get news updates written for broadcast on our station. The news you get on our websites and on the air is provided to you for free. 

Some news sources are looking into (or currently are) charging for news content. Some sites hide their news stories behind a pay wall. Others simply limit the amount of news stories you can see per month. 

Consumers are reluctant to pay for news. A recent study by the Digital News Report, revealed only 11% of the 18,000 online consumers surveyed have paid for any type of online news in the past year.

What is your take? Is it worth paying for news online? Or do you seek other ways to get your news, especially with the rise of social media. 

Infographic: Reluctance to Pay for Online News Remains High | Statista
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