Are tax concessions the way to ensure the future of quality journalism? Gavin Ellis, former editor-in-chief of the New Zealand Herald, argues that there are dangers in relying on public service broadcasting or family publishing trusts.
The placards proclaiming The End Is Nigh predict both the demise of newspapers and the replacement of professional journalists by legions of empowered amateurs. On the flip side they say it is too late to repent because serious journalism has gone to hell. Like reports of Mark Twain's death, the predictions are premature. They may also be avoidable.
Rupert Murdoch's website paywalls and his ebullient support for electronic devices like Apple's iPad as platforms for subscription-based news services will become infectious. Over time we could see the weekday editions of newspapers, plus ...
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