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Why Oh Why Can't We Have a Better Press Corps?: Columbia Journalism Review Edition

Clint Hendler and Jay Rosen (jayrosen_nyu) on Twitter:

clinthendler Clint Hendler: @jayrosen_nyu We actually never charged individual readers for archive access. One bulk broker (EBSCO) bought & sold them to institutions 6 hours ago

jayrosen_nyu Jay Rosen: @clinthendler Right. You made the archives inaccessible to individuals, and then did not offer them a pay option, correct? Smart decision? 6 hours ago

jayrosen_nyu Jay Rosen: @clinthendler So were you satisfied with the revenues from charging institutions for the online archives? Was it worth it, in CJR's view?

clinthendler Clint Hendler: @jayrosen_nyu "Decision" is not exactly the right word. We've never had the resources to get a working 50-year archive system off the ground 6 hours ago

jayrosen_nyu Jay Rosen: @clinthendler I don't get it. You had the resources to keep me from reaching CJR material that had once been accesible online. Why is that? 6 hours ago

clinthendler Clint Hendler: @jayrosen_nyu Two different challenges: 1) Limit access per institutional contract & 2) make a pay system for general readers.1 easy, 2 not. 6 hours ago in reply to ↑

Jay Rosen: @clinthendler Right, got it. So you cut off access for general readers AND you were never able to offer them a pay option, either, correct? 6 hours ago via web

clinthendler Clint Hendler: @jayrosen_nyu fwiw, I'd like to amend "cut off"--vast majority of CJR archives have, far as I know, never been available online. 5 hours ago

clinthendler Clint Hendler: @jayrosen_nyu That is correct. Not an ideal situation. New meter a vast improvement, as it offers more general access. But still not ideal. 6 hours ago

jayrosen_nyu Jay Rosen: @clinthendler @CJR No, my question was how charging for your archives (the old system) worked out and what the revenues were. Good decision? 6 hours ago

jayrosen_nyu Jay Rosen: Now that you've gone to a meter, @CJR, could you tell us how well charging for archives went and what the revenues were? cc @megangarber

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