Papers might find revenue in offering early access to news

04/24/2012 | GigaOm

Newspapers might be able to generate revenue by providing early access to stories that can move markets to select, high-paying subscribers, such as hedge funds. One example is The New York Times' exposure of possible bribery in Mexico by Wal-Mart Stores, a story that sharply decreased the retailer's stock price, Mathew Ingram writes. But it is unclear whether such privileged access would corrupt the essential public mission of newspapers, Ingram adds.

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