Not too long ago, news was accessible via the morning paper, prime-time newscast or radio. But the Internet changed the way we get updates on local and international news. No need to wait the next morning paper, nor watch the news broadcast later tonight if you want to know more details about breaking news that happened now.
The good news is that websites, social media and search engines connived to provide Internet users better access to news and information. The bad news is that news sources are unable to make money out of these conveniences they provided. The sagging subscription numbers and dwindling advertising earnings have prompted layoffs and magazine closures (see Bloomberg, Time Inc and PCMag. Print magazines and newspapers have folded for good (Time, CosmoGirl and Seattle Post-Intelligencer as examples. Focus has now been towards their online presence and now, Rupert Murdoch, the media magnate who heads the News Corporation, is out to change the business model and make visitors pay as they access content.
A possible impediment? News content is freely searchable through search engines, notably Google News. By virtue as the most popular search engine worldwide, Google is now the target of Mr Murdoch as he wants all news content of his web-based media property websites delisted from Google search results. He can then promptly ask readers to pay to access content.