Posted by Thomas Crampton
As an employee of The New York Times Company, I probably should not raise this issue - but hey! - journalists are instinctive troublemakers.
I fear we are giving room for new columnists to arise out of the Blogoshere to rival our own marquee names.
I have not thought enough about it, but I wonder if the opposite tactic might not be best. We give away the high profile columnists and charge for specific stories and local news that people cannot get elsewhere. The columnists increase our footprint and we cut out much of the blogosphere.
The problem, of course, is we need to find a way to pay for my salary and – very modest – expenses. Any thought on how to keep me in a job by earning money off our websites is much appreciated!