Getting paid in the digital economy


Few topics are as potentially toxic as the question of how one gets paid for creative work in the digital economy. But we need to avoid a moralising perspective and develop a more sophisticated understanding of the role ‘free’ plays in relation to paid in a structurally open system like the internet.

The new media landscape (1): contours of change


Change in the media landscape is constant. Everyone involved in the production of creative content – photographers, journalists, writers, and musicians, as well as those who deal in those products – knows that nothing is as it was. Too much of the current debate about how creative practitioners can cope with these upheavals proceeds without … Continued

Paying for photojournalism: a review of the New York Times ‘pay wall’


Newspapers in the US and UK continue to struggle with growing debt, declining circulation and falling advertising revenue. In the search for additional sources of revenue, new schemes for paid content are being implemented. (For an excellent overview of the issues, listen to WNYC’s On the Media podcast from January 28). After nearly two years planning, … Continued

Making documentary possible: How the Internet leads to new funding opportunities


Finding the money to enable new photographic work is one of the most pressing issues practitioners currently face. Editorial paymasters have been in decline for a very long time, forcing those who want to pursue challenging and time-consuming projects to seek other means of support. Now the Internet’s disruption of the media economy has quelled … Continued

Thinking freely: New business models for the digital economy


Everything costs something and no body wants to work for nothing. This statement of the obvious drives those disturbed by the impact of the Internet on business models for information industries. Individuals declare that they won’t give their work away, critics claim someone has to pay for content, and insiders (like the editor of Photo … Continued