US publisher, The New York Times plans to add capabilities to its newspaper website for readers to submit more content, the company's chairman said Tuesday.
"You'll see more citizen journalism" on NYT.com, said the newspaper’s publisher Arthur Sulzberger the Web 2.0 Conference currently underway in San Francisco, US. His comments came in a response to an audience member who accused NYT.com of trailing behind websites from other newspapers in the area of user-generated content.
"You can argue we've been slow, and I disagree," he said, adding that it's difficult to strike a balance between accepting contributions from amateurs and upholding the editorial quality standards of the newspaper. He hinted that NYT.com will screen these "citizen journalists" and work with a group it feels comfortable with and trusts.
When asked about The New York Times’ charging for some website content, Sulzberger defended the decision, saying that quality journalism is expensive to produce.
Along those lines, he said the website is a sound business. Only the printed editions of The New York Times and The Boston Globe generate more revenue than NYT.com and its fee-based TimesSelect service, he said.
Meanwhile, chairman and chief executive officer of InterActiveCorp, Barry Diller said user-generated content has its place in his company's websites (including Ask.com, Match.com and Ticketmaster), but that it would be wrong to believe that amateurs will be able to produce professional-quality, narrative programming.
IAC will invest in creating content with high production values for its websites, provided by professionals said Diller, as he is convinced that online video technology is now mature enough to justify the cost and effort to develop this type of programming for the web.