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Paying Your Way in the Internet Age

What’s the dollar value of downloading your favorite band’s new song or reading a game-changing article by an investigative journalist? It used to be you paid for the media you consumed, but now you can get everything for free. Monday, we’re exploring how we pay our way in the Internet age and what it means for the future of media. There are lots of ideas out there for how to finance web content—crowdfunding, paywalls, pay-per-play, pay-what-you-want—but can they really support a vibrant creative and intellectual community?


Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.