Jessica Lessin, the founder and editor in chief of tech news site The Information, writes about the editorial impact of deals between technology companies and publishers.
Lessin writes, “I have said it before, and I will probably be saying it again and again and again: Tech companies and news organizations have very different priorities, values and opinions about the purposes of news business. You don’t need to look far to find examples of these same tech companies refusing to pay publishers around the world for their articles, even while they are striking these one-off deals with the largest publications.
“And while I respect the journalists and editors at thews news organizations too much to imply that they are going to ease up on their touch coverage because of a deal, it would be absurdly naive to assume that stronger financial ties between publishers and tech platforms won’t change coverage eventually.”
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