I guess maybe I should reframe my question: given that people support journalism as a concept but have been increasingly unwilling to support journalistic organizations financially (especially as the public's appetite for print media has increasingly been replaced by the availability and timeliness of online articles), how can news organizations get the support they need to survive?
Your response almost suggests that we should start treating subscriptions to news services like charitable donations. "You don't have to give us your money, but you should if you like the work that we do. We could put up a paywall, but then you'd probably just get your news elsewhere, but please don't and just support us cause we're good at what we do."
Considering how a different newspaper seems to go bankrupt every other month, do you honestly think just directing people to the subscription link is a sustainable solution? Certainly something needs to change, but I can't imagine what.
Thanks for your time.