Reporters? Customers? Is There A Difference?

from the who-gets-more-value dept

When you’re dealing with information, it isn’t always clear who should be paying for what. There is often a question of who is getting more value. Is the information valuable by itself, or is it promotional? I remember this question coming up early on during the “boom” years, when places like AOL realized that there was no need for them to pay for certain content. Those content providers should, instead be paying them for the privilege (and publicity) of being included in AOL’s system. It appears that FoxSports may be noticing a similar “shift” in values. There’s a debate going on at Romenesko’s site (found via Dan Gillmor) about the fact that is getting fans to pay them to be columnists for certain sporting events. In fact, they’re

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