A year on from the launch of the Times and Sunday Times website paywalls, Press Gazette has teamed up with City University to hold a one-off Question Time-style debate looking at how quality journalism can be funded in a largely digital media world.
The panellists are:
Geordie Greig – the editor of the Evening Standard who has led what may be the greatest comeback in journalistic history. His free Evening Standard is said to be at around break-even and appears to proved both that print has a great future and that a purely free model can support quality editorial.
Stevie Spring – the chief executive of Future Publishing led the company from losses of more than £12m five years ago to consistent profitability, while the rest of the industry has headed in the other direction. This has been helped by the launch of a variety of websites and apps published in association with Future’s various specialist magazine titles.
Guardian media editor Dan Sabbagh. Having done five years as media editor at The Times, then had a hand in launching successful media blog Beehive City, he is uniquely well-placed to talk about paywall strategies at The Guardian, Times and elsewhere and to discuss the bigger picture.
Former director of strategy and product development for News International Dominic Young. The architect of The Times paywall and founder of his own media consultancy Ytrium.
News International head of marketing Katie Vanneck-Smith – one of the key executives driving the paywall strategy.
If you would like to suggest a question for the panellists, comment on this story or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beyond the paywall is being held at the Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre, City University,Northampton Square, London – 9 May, 6.30pm.