The New York Times

NYTimes.com may soon cost $5 a month

The New York Times may be the most popular news source on the Internet, but that doesn’t mean they have any more insight into monetizing the web than anyone else in the media. Right now it looks like they’re considering putting their content behind a pay wall again. 

A recent survey sent out to subscribers asked if they would be willing to pay a $5 or $2.50 monthly fee to access the paper’s website. And while getting print subscribers to pay seems like a good way to beef up revenue, it also promises to cut into the paper’s ad revenue and influence online.

The future of media: It’s all about trust

No one knows the silver bullet that will save media companies struggling to survive in today’s economy, but more than a few media execs are certain of one thing: there will be a premium on trust. Speaking at IWantMedia’s Future of Media: 2009 panel, Nick Denton, Craig Newmark and Jack Dorsey were agreed that success online will increasingly depend on consumer trust. (video here)

According to Newmark, the founder of Craig’s List: “Trust is the new black.”

This is increasingly a concern for media companies dependent on ads for revenue for a good reason: consumers don’t trust advertising.

Lawsuit could have big implications for online publishers

Is copying a headline and the lead sentences from a news story on a third party website you link to fair use or copyright infringement?

That’s a question that a Massachusetts court will have to answer in a trial that has been scheduled to begin next week.