Analyzing 'WaPo' Story: Worth The New Paywall?

Columbia Journalism Review, Tuesday, December 11, 2012 3:34 PM
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In the wake of news that the Washington Post will probably begin charging for digital content, Dean Starkman analyzes a front-page Post story that could conceivably offer value: a "profile of Tabitha Rouzzo, a lower-middle-class (that is, very poor) high school student with dreams of getting out of a depressed New Castle, Pa." The piece "didn’t come cheap and required reporting over several months," but it's "just plain old public-interest reporting. It does, in my view, one of the more valuable things that journalism can do: connect elite readers with places and people they wouldn’t otherwise know about."

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