You can now pay to download an iPhone app to, among other things, provide free content to CNN
There's been a lot of talk this year about finally charging readers for news, especially on mobile devices, where media executives see a chance to condition consumers to handing over a few dollars for a constant stream of updates to their pocket. CNN is among the first big news outlets to give it a shot. Its app costs $1.99 to download.
The new app follows an announcement this month by News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch that the company will start charging a subscription - possibly as much as $1 or $2 per week - for access to The Wall Street Journal's mobile applications.
Among the high points of the CNN app: It offers the chance to essentially join the CNN reporting team. Readers are invited to submit their own photos and video clips to iReport, a feature CNN already uses on its Web site for gathering material from the public.