New platforms for publishing mean that literature and media are available at the click of a button or a tap of your touch screen. Publisher’s acceptance of online content means that it is able to supply information to a larger audience on a wider scale, ‘Apps’ and internet news sites make it easier and faster to view or download content which increases the rate in which media is now absorbed, But is it all quality?

Not necessarily.

Sites such as (Sydney Morning Herald) offer a free and quality news service. As they are also an established print media it is more likely that their content is valuable and accurate due to more thorough information checks. Where as a site like ninemsn, also offering a free service, have a degraded news quality where speed and distribution are favoured over more thorough editing checks. However even with the free service that offers you are still not being offered the same experience as you would with their print media.

‘Paywall’s’ are starting to be introduced throughout American news site which allow the consumer the entire print experience, online, for a cost. Paywall’s offer an exclusivity to its product and if a consumer see’s that they are receiving value from the product and a quality to its production, that free information sites may not offer, they are more likely to pay the expense. The environmental benefit of online content is also an added perk. Why not buy an online subscription when your only reading half of the hard copy? Paywall news sites offer the ability to tailor your subscription to your needs or income.

Free Apps for iPads, iPhones, E-Readers as well as free news sites means that the distribution platform for news and media is increasingly large. Which is why I would find it hard to pay the expense associated with Paywall sites, Why would I pay for something that I could readily google?

Yes you may be paying for quality news reporting but within mere minutes, of an article being posted online, its being re-tweeted to me from someone in my office or im making a game of deciphering what the “Journalist’s” at ninemsn have published online.

These days anyone can publish news, information or even their own thoughts and ideas. Heck look at me!

oh and p.s modes of publishing!

Resource List:

In addition to your preparation for your talk, you need to do some general preparation for this tutorial. Go to the following URLs: <> and <> and read some of the details of submitting a proposal and getting a book published. This will tell you a lot about serious print publishing (in books at least).

As a contrast consider how you publish on Twitter, <> or how collaborative publishing works, e.g. <> (here you could also consider Wikipedia’s own description of itself, listed in Week Two’s Extra Resources list) or the inspiring <>.

Also required—reflections on the various tools and techniques of publishing

Brooker, Charlie (2010) ‘How to report the news’, YouTube, <> (think about YouTube as a publishing platform and it’s relation to other publishing platforms and processes).

Dan Gillmor (2011) ‘The New York Times paywall: the faint smell of success’, The Guardian, August 3, <> (on The New York Times decision to implement a pay wall in 2011).  [note: For what it’s worth I think The New York Times and The Guardian are perhaps the two of the most interesting newspapers to engage with networked publishing]

Salmon, Felix (2011) ‘How The New York Times Paywall is Working’, Wired, August 14, <>

Busfield, Steve (2010) ‘Guardian editor hits back at paywalls’, The Guardian, January 25, <> (The Editor of The Guardian, against paywalls).