The news production and distribution industry is going through a period of dramatic evolution, on the one hand caused by the economic crisis and on the other slowed by uncertainty regarding new business models. Technological progress has developed a much cheaper and different form of distribution. The public has grown culturally, has had access to the web full of information and to many sources of journalism. The availability of free information has begun to undermine the concept of the economic value of information. Until yesterday, everything seemed to be taking its course, until the global economic crisis accentuated and accelerated the crisis. The very expensive production system is no longer able to keep the journalist population alive. In fact, for journalism to work, expensive systems that work on the procurement, packaging and distribution of information must exist and work. If these systems cease to function, there will be no resources to keep journalists and to ensure good information. The journalist population is decreasing. Traditional distribution costs are too high in relation to the market demand.

The public has changed: reading the newspaper is no longer suited to the vital rhythms of today’s life. There are many sources and the source is not given much importance.

Individuals mediate the different sources, rework them and put them back into circulation.

Before the acceleration due to the crisis, there was a lot of reliance on advertising revenue because you can’t sell content online.

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