• SHARE

The Yomiuri Shimbun boasts that it is the most-read newspaper in the world owing to a “certified” daily circulation that tops 9.2 million. The Wall Street Journal, a truly international newspaper, reports daily circulation of about 1.5 million.

These figures represent physical copies, but by now everyone knows digital media is where it’s at. What they usually don’t know is how digital media works, and I’m not talking about Facebook or Twitter, but rather dedicated news providers. Legitimate, long-standing outlets have expanded their positions online and are struggling with business models. Should they charge for digital content? How do they protect copyrighted material? What’s the best way to extend their reach on social media?

Unable to view this article?

This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software.

Please add japantimes.co.jp and piano.io to your list of allowed sites.

If this does not resolve the issue or you are unable to add the domains to your allowlist, please see out this support page.

We humbly apologize for the inconvenience.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.

SUBSCRIBE NOW

PHOTO GALLERY (CLICK TO ENLARGE)