Survey finds many think news should be free
An online survey conducted by Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism found that 71% of respondents believe that no one should have to pay to get access to local news coverage.
Just 6% believe everyone should have to pay.
According to an article by Medill’s Local News Initiative, one respondent said media organizations should “stop hiding articles behind paywalls.”
Those surveyed are residents of Chicago’s south and west sides.
Shop Talk is a weekly panel discussion about journalism issues. This week’s program featured Will Buss, who teaches in the Department of Broadcasting and Journalism at Western Illinois University and advises the student editors at the Western Courier, the students at student radio station The Dog, and the WIU chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists; Rajvee Subramanian, who teaches in the Department of Broadcasting and Journalism at Western Illinois University; and TSPR News Director Rich Egger.