18 February 2016 By TechBrain
Journalists are now able to reach billions of people all over the world. But for many people in the global south, consuming their products is an extremely costly venture.
There has been no major journalism or media event in recent years without the word “digital” on the agenda. Digital gurus evangelize journalists about how easily they now can reach people anywhere in the world.
There is no doubt that journalistic content, bad or good, in today's age makes it to unknown corners of the world and reaches larger swathes of readership than ever before. And there is no doubt that the internet has hobbled vast parts of media industries.
But how many people can, in fact, surf the internet ad infinitum is a different story. The most connected people today are in places where journalism is facing the fewest problems (although it still goes through painful changes), and, ironically, they pay the least for their internet connection.
Elsewhere, the internet remains a significant cost for its users and in many countries in the global south it’s a luxury.