Alan Mutter argues that there are two reasons why we are not paying for news:
1.Publishers can’t figure out how to charge for content without throttling their web traffic and the online advertising that comes along with it.
2.Individual publishers are afraid to move unilaterally to begin charging for content but also unable to coalesce as a group around a common philosophy and platform for doing so
That's one side of the coin but Paul Farhi reflects that
Since there’s no indication that online ad revenue will ever be robust enough to support newspapers, maybe they’d be better off charging steep fees for online content or keeping material off the Web entirely and putting their emphasis on—gasp—that retro old print product.