Whistleblowers probably won’t like paywalls


I think that if I were a whistle­blower, I would have no inter­est in tak­ing my brown enve­lope to a media orga­ni­za­tion with a pay­wall.less than a minute ago via TweetDeck

This is a down-side to pay­walls that’s prob­a­bly worth talk­ing about. Whistleblowers want expo­sure. Paywall sys­tems don’t pro­vide that. Rather than get­ting the news out to every­body, the whistle­blower who goes to a news­pa­per with a pay­walled site gets the news out only to subscribers.

When your goal is to blow the lid off some scan­dal, you go the the paper with the biggest poten­tial audi­ence. Paywalled sites don’t pro­vide that.