Closing the gap with readers: an end to business as usual in journalism

MEDIUM – 28/05/2019

Cécile Prieur

When I arrived at Stanford last September as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow, I was concerned about the increasing polarization and fragmentation of the media landscape. My assumption was that the new paradigm of the subscription model, gradually adopted by publishers, tended to transform the media landscape by reserving quality journalism for people who can afford to pay for it. I feared that if we do not pay attention, we could end up with a growing gap between the people who get quality news by paying (in a way, elite or upper-class readers), and those who can’t pay or don’t want to pay, and stick to easily accessible news (in the best cases), or disinformation (in the worst).

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