Would You Believe Teens Have No Interest In Paying For News?

from the who-woulda-thunk-it? dept

In a study that should surprise just about none of you (unless you're one of those newspaper execs who still thinks people will pay for the news), it turns out that teens have absolutely no interest in paying for news (thanks Felix Pleşoianu!), and they really like aggregation sites that provide them with a lot of info quickly and efficiently. Could newspapers (or the AP) provide them with this type of service? Sure... but they chose not to, and now complain about the companies that recognized this and provided what they refused to.
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    Cheese McBeese, 16 Apr 2009 @ 6:03am

    Of course not...

    There are a number of things to consider here.

    First is the issue of news versus newspapers, which are not the same thing at all. Newspapers are the medium, news is the content. I wouldn't pay for a newspaper any more than I would pay for a CD. However, if there was a really good news feed (there isn't) I might pay for that.

    Next is the issue of national versus local. A local paper with good coverage of local and community news as well as the usual national and international news might get my attention. Unfortunately, the local papers (especially mine here in Dallas) have weak reporting and uninspiring editorial content, to say the least. It's difficult to find the real news because the pages are so dominated by low quality ads for car dealers and mattress stores. A national paper, like USA today or the WSJ, has no chance of interesting me because these papers compete with Internet rivals who are much more responsive.

    The last point I'd like to make is that part of the problem is the teenagers themselves, although I don't think it's their fault. Many of them wouldn't know good news reporting if they saw it because it's been such a long time since there were really good papers in this country and so much of what they get from the Internet is junk. And even though this generation has access to more news than any previous generation via the Internet, my observation is that most aren't interested in real news and don't bother to look for it. They're too busy wasting their minds on the kind of useless drivel that is being broadcast by Twitter. Twitter is like the People Magazine of Internet information. Short bursts of mostly irrelevant information good for killing time when you're stuck on the can.

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