Howard Owens: Newspaper paywalls create opportunities for startup news sites

Howard Owens: Newspaper paywalls create opportunities for startup news sites

"In every market where a newspaper puts up a paywall, an opportunity is created for an entrepreneur to start a local online news business. ... A key rule of disruption is to target the customers undervalued by incumbents. Clearly, any news site that puts up a paywall is telling the community, 'there’s a lot of people in this town we don’t value.' That creates pure opportunity for the disruptive entrepreneur."

  • Steve Myers

    Steve Myers was the managing editor of Poynter.org until August 2012, when he became the deputy managing editor and senior staff writer for The Lens, a nonprofit investigative news site in New Orleans.

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