Can the media ensure its sustainability while keeping government in check?
A free, independent and unencumbered press is essential to the functioning of a healthy democratic society
Business models for news have rapidly evolved, and media executives constantly ask themselves how best they can adapt their organisations to emerging trends in commercial news consumption to ensure they remain viable and sustainable.
Early adopters to subscription-based content as alternative revenue streams included global iconic brands such as the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Locally, digital news platforms have also begun to establish paywalls as a means not merely to survive but as a strategy to enhance the final product — more resources behind better journalists covering stories across multiple scales of interest. The cycle, theoretically, should become self-fulfilling, whereby as the quality of journalism syndicated improves commercial success will follow...