Tag: micropayments

by Susan Currie Sivek

I’ve never seen a “Not for Individual Sale” label on a magazine story. So why can’t I buy most individual magazine articles in digital form just yet? Selling stand-alone stories has seemed like a potential business model for magazines and other journalism organizations since the rise of iTunes. Observers hyped an incipient micropayment business model [...] more »

by Tanja Aitamurto

Would readers pay as little as a penny, or even less, for news? They would, if paying was combined with social sharing, micro-earning, virtual currency and a centralized banking system, according to doctoral students Geoffrey Graybeal and Jameson Hayes of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. Graybeal and [...] more »

by Mark Glaser

If advertising alone isn’t going to support all the online journalism and content sites, and pay walls will just turn readers away, perhaps there’s another solution, a third way: Social payments. More than just simple donations, social payment systems such as Kachingle and Flattr simplify giving money to sites you visit. Both services set up [...] more »

by Tanja Aitamurto

Platforms such as Spot.Us and Kickstarter have shown that crowdfunding can work as a financing mechanism for journalism. We will likely see more crowdfunded stories in the future, which means it’s important study how crowdfunding impacts journalism and the role and work of a journalist. I’m currently in the process of completing a Ph.D. project [...] more »

by Mark Glaser

With all the talk about paid content coming back into vogue (thanks, Rupert Murdoch!), it’s a wonder that PayPal hasn’t been part of the conversation. The tech startup that’s now part of eBay has been dominant in handling online payment transactions and is projected to have $5 billion in sales by 2011, according to Bloomberg. [...] more »

by Mark Glaser

Here’s the latest 4MR audio report from MediaShift. In this week’s edition, I look at the latest moves by Google to make nice with online publishers. First came word the search giant was working on a micropayment solution. Then came the release of Fast Flip, a visual browsing service for news sites, with publishers splitting [...] more »

by Mark Glaser

In Part 1 of the great micropayments debate, David Carr tried valiantly to defend the idea of charging for heavy-hitting journalism online, while Mike Masnick disagreed vehemently, saying micropayments would seal the doom of newspaper companies. Can the two debaters be brought together to find some common ground? Read on for Part 2. Major Media [...] more »

by Mark Glaser

I am a lover of roundtable discussions and debates, and have turned a long-running series of “virtual email roundtables” into the 5Across video roundtable here on MediaShift. Now I want to start a new series called “New Mediation” in which I take two people on opposing sides of a topic, and try to bring them [...] more »

by Mark Glaser

I am virtually covering the all-day sessions at the RJI TalkFest today, held at the University of Missouri’s Reynolds Journalism Institute. I will be watching in via Adobe Connect, where I can hear and see what’s going on and chat in the chat room. The agenda includes sessions on community-building, advertising and marketing, news and [...] more »