Guardian Tries CwF+RtB, While Experimenting With Hack Day Event
from the cool-experiments dept
The Guardian's offering is that you pay £25 per year and you get a variety of scarcities outside of the content of the paper (which remains free). Those scarcities include things like newsroom visits and events involving journalists and editors (i.e., the scarcity of "access") and other offers as well -- such as tickets to various cultural events. Unlike the various paywall efforts out there, none of this is about locking up infinitely copyable content, but about using that content to make scarcities, like access, more valuable and giving people a real reason to buy. It'll be interesting to see how well it goes. I like the basic idea of it, though I think they could do some more to segment their audiences.
That's not all The Guardian is doing. At the same time it announced this Guardian Extra program, it also held a "hack day", where the Guardian asked various media partners to ask for certain tools or features, and folks would try to create them using the Guardian's open platform. The results (for a quick two day hack event) look pretty impressive. It's pretty cool to see these sorts of experiments going on in news organizations, rather than the typical "woe is us" complaining.
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