No more free ride?…

The Columbia Journalism Review considers the fate of free internet news and information provided by print news organizations. Writer Michael Scherer says:

At stake is nothing less than the future of print journalism. Several recent studies suggest that print readers are turning to the Web for news. Traffic on newspaper Web sites in seven of the ten largest U.S. markets grew far faster in the first half of 2002 than the total Internet user base, according to comScore, an online market researcher. At the same time, consumers with six years of Web experience are three times more likely than Internet newcomers to decrease their print newspaper reading, according to Forrester Research. Another recent poll of online newspaper readers under the age of thirty found that 31 percent had reduced their print readership because the same material is online, a number that is expected to grow.