ARTICLE: Journalists and audience disagree on free content

Majority of journalists are committed to developing paid digital content, while most of the public is unwilling to pay for it, write Txema Ramirez de la Piscina, Beatriz Zabalondo, Alazne Aiestaran and Antxoka Agirre, all of University of the Basque Country. They rely the result on two surveys on journalists and the public in five countries: Germany, United Kingdom, France, Italy and Spain.

Additionally, while most journalists are concerned over the quality of free online news, while the audience was highly satisfied with it. Some points of agreement were also identified: both users and producers are skeptical over the survivability of the printed press. Likewise, all agreed that online journalism affords greater freedom of expression, both in technical terms and in relation to freedom of expression.

The results were published as an online-first article of the journal Journalism Practice. It can be accessed here (abstract public).

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