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“Spotify for News”? User Perception of Subscription-Based Content Platforms for News Media

  • Subscription-based news platforms (such as “Apple News+” or “Readly”) that bundle content from different publishers into one comprehensive package and offer it to media users at a fixed monthly rate are a new way of accessing and consuming digital journalism. These services have received little attention in journalism studies, although they differ greatly from traditional media products andSubscription-based news platforms (such as “Apple News+” or “Readly”) that bundle content from different publishers into one comprehensive package and offer it to media users at a fixed monthly rate are a new way of accessing and consuming digital journalism. These services have received little attention in journalism studies, although they differ greatly from traditional media products and distribution channels. This article empirically investigates the perception of journalism platforms based on eight qualitative focus group discussions with 55 German news consumers. Results show that the central characteristics these platforms should fulfill in order to attract users are strikingly similar to the characteristics of media platforms from the music and video industries, in particular regarding price points, contract features, and modes of usage. Against this background, the potential and perspectives of a subscription-based news platform for journalism’s societal role are discussed.show moreshow less

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Document Type:Article
Author:Jun.-Prof. Dr. Christopher BuschowORCiDGND, Prof. Dr. Christian-Mathias WellbrockORCiDGND
DOI (Cite-Link):https://doi.org/10.3390/journalmedia4010001Cite-Link
URN (Cite-Link):https://nbn-resolving.org/urn:nbn:de:gbv:wim2-20230124-48740Cite-Link
URL:https://www.mdpi.com/2673-5172/4/1/1
Parent Title (English):Journalism and Media
Publisher:MDPI
Place of publication:Basel
Language:English
Date of Publication (online):2023/01/04
Date of first Publication:2022/12/22
Release Date:2023/01/24
Publishing Institution:Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
Institutes and partner institutions:Fakultät Medien / Juniorprofessur Organisation und vernetzte Medien
Volume:2022
Issue:2023, 4
Pagenumber:15
First Page:1
Last Page:15
Tag:audience studies; content platforms; journalism products
GND Keyword:Journalistik; Journalismus; Nachrichtensendung; Online-Medien
Dewey Decimal Classification:000 Informatik, Informationswissenschaft, allgemeine Werke / 070 Publizistische Medien, Journalismus, Verlagswesen
BKL-Classification:05 Kommunikationswissenschaft / 05.40 Nachrichtenwesen
Licence (German):License Logo Creative Commons 4.0 - Namensnennung (CC BY 4.0)