Struggling to make sure you get paid is nothing new, either.
The only worse thing is people who notice something is cool and decide to come in and monetize it.
EDIT: also, happy 2^11-day :).
(INB4 you reflexively downvote me for saying bad things about Respectable Newspapers, take a moment to think about the last time they wrote something in your area of expertise and note how big a mix of lies, bullshit and misunderstanding the article was. There is no reason to assume that everything else they cover is true.)
Journalism has a much bigger problem than just their business model being ruined by digitization. They need to figure out a business model that incentivizes actual, honest reporting.