Sunday, June 21, 2009

Online-only story creates a stir

The Washington Post published this long murder-mystery story online only. Editors say it was simply too long for the paper in these economic times. The writer seems to accept the fact that some longer stories might be for the web because there is unlimited space.

But some subscribers are angry because they pay for the paper and didn't get this piece, while millions could get it for free online.

What do you think? As we pursue longer narrative and investigative pieces, should we consider online-only publication?

Another issue this story raises: Apparently some papers aren't putting their investigative pieces online until a few days after they've run in the Sunday paper -- as a reward for subscribers. What do you think of that?