The Guardian and paywalls

Guardian Australia editor Kath Viner writes: Re. "Crikey says: new journalism needs old money" (yesterday). Thanks for your interesting editorial responding to my AN Smith lecture. On the anti-paywall fundamentalist point: I do think that the web is fundamentally better when it’s more open -- and it’s better for journalists, because we can engage with others, find stories, talk to people. That’s the bit you quoted. But I’m not a fundamentalist on the economics. As I said in the lecture: