In trying to find a business model that pays for journalism, lots of media, like New York Times, is putting content behind paywalls. Not being able to subscribe to all the hundreds of publications that I see headlines for on social media, I've often thought there could be a pay per article system set up.
Recently, there was a show on KQED that talked about problems in the advertising business; advertising also a revenue source for journalism. Someone suggested that sites like Facebook should pay for the news content they use.
Bingo, a light came on in my head. There could be a premium version of (for instance) Facebook that could get people past paywalls of various participating publications. Maybe a pay per article feature that would keep track and deduct from one's subscriber account or maybe a flat fee that would cover participating media.
Years ago America Online had something like that. Free access to certain magazines that came with your membership in AOL. Remember the 1990s?