From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
Journalism will continue to survive by adapting to modern formats. Just as we are looking for new forms of renewable energy, journalists need to look for new forms of viability. Offering content online that is paid for by advertising (not a paid subscription) seems like the most logical effort. Journalistic companies can then be traded in the stock exchange to receive the additional funding to continue operations. Venture capitalism is another option for journalists. There is no need for news organizations to employ journalists at all. Independent journalists can continue to do their own investigations and sell their stories to organizations that are interested. Such an environment reliant freelance work would allow for true competition. Only the most verified stories would be ran, creating a more trustworthy industry. Obviously any form of subsidies from the government(at any level) to journalistic organizations is a horrible idea. A conflict of interest is immediately created to protect that government.