For the first time, a survey reveals, more Americans are consuming news online than in print.  The full story is on page 31 of the printed edition of this morning's Guardian. Of course, you can also read it online, but I'm going to break with tradition and not insert a link on this occasion. This gesture is not just one of solidarity with the many good journalists on both sides of the Atlantic who have lost their jobs in recent months. It is  a prelude to my 2009 campaign to make buying a daily newspaper as defining an expression of liberal virtue as opposing prejudice and defending the ozone layer.  The campaign ends when a clear economic model emerges that can pay for expensive foreign, investigative and analytical reporting from online revenues alone and without a penny of state or charitable subsidy.  



And to launch the campaign I've written about it in the Guardian today. You can read the piece here

James Surowiecki has written in the New Yorker on a similar(ish) theme. The real problem for newspapers, he says, isn't the internet or myopic management. It's us. "We want access to everything, we want it now, and we want it for free. That’s a consumer’s dream, but eventually it’s going to collide with
reality: if newspapers’ profits vanish, so will their product."

And he has a terrific payoff line:

"Soon enough, we’re going to start getting what we pay for, and we may find out just how little that is."

Ian Reeves is head of the Centre for Journalism

Meanwhile at, Brian Till confesses that although he's a news junkie, he's probably spent less than $100 on journalism in his entire life:

"I spend hours a day reading news, digging into any paper I can find,
from Lebanon's Daily Star to the Buenos Aires Herald, but I've only
purchased about a dozen American papers in the last year. I, I
realized, am the murderer of news."

Ian Reeves is head of the Centre for Journalism

Tommy de Seno explains how the TriCity News in New Jersey has succeeded, he claims, by shunning the internet entirely.

Ian Reeves is head of the Centre for Journalism

Web overtakes paper in America