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Are paywalls paying off for news sites?

Are paywalls paying off for news sites?

IJNet | 21/06/13

A region on Facebook, the power of Indian women on the Internet and the financial prospects of digital news are featured in this week’s Digital Media Mash Up, produced by the Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA).

Here are some of our favorite stories:

Digital news is finally starting to pay

Are you paying for news online yet? Many are, according to Reuters Institute’s latest Digital News Report. Compared with 2012, more users in the United States, United Kingdom, France and Germany said they paid for digital news, while only Denmark showed a decline. However, just how much content are users buying? Hard paywalls like The New York Times lost between 85 and 95 percent of site traffic when they instituted the new system. The Guardian

For some Arab nations, Facebook is the only news source that matters

When you think of Facebook, you may think of your closest friends and family. But to nations like Egypt, Lebanon, Tunisia, Qatar, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates, Facebook is actually the preferred source for news. In a survey conducted by Northwestern University in Qatar, researchers found that Facebook was a preferred news site, only third to Al-Jazeera and Al Arabiya. One interesting statistic shows that more than 50 percent of respondents in Tunisia listed Facebook as their No. 1 source of news. Bloomberg Businessweek

Google: 24 million women in India use Internet daily

Recently, Google found that 24 million Indian women use the Internet daily, making up 40 percent of the 150 million users in the country. Of these 24 million, 75 percent are between the ages of 15 and 34. The Times of India

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