Why drop a paywall? Mapping industry accounts of online news decommodification

20 July 2016

This article by University of Southern California professor Mike Ananny and USC Ph.D. candidate Leila Bighash examines the reasons behind online news organisations eliminating or temporarily reconfiguring their paywalls, including in response to national emergencies and natural disasters. 

The study categorizes publishers' publicly stated rationales, and reflects on what they reveal about the networked press's negotiations between democratic and commercial logics.

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10
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2016
Pagination: 
3359–3380
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Yes
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Mike Ananny, Leila Bighash, 2016, Why drop a paywall? Mapping industry accounts of online news decommodification, International Journal of Communication, viewed 27 February 2017, <http://apo.org.au/node/65909>.

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