Paywall: The Business of Scholarship Documentary Screening

Mar 7, 2019, 5:15 pm - 7:30 pm



Pizza will be served.



5:15-5:30pm: Pizza is served

5:30-6:35: Movie screening (65 minute run time)

6:35-6:45: Break

6:45-7:30: Q&A with Jason Schmitt


Description: An invitation from Clarkson University Libraries advances the conversation around open access with a screening of the film Paywall: The Business of Scholarship at South Central Regional Library Council. Following the screening, director and producer Jason Schmitt will join a live Q&A session via video conference to several other screening locations throughout NY state.
Paywall: The Business of Scholarship is a documentary which focuses on the need for open access to research and science, questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into for-profit academic publishers, examines the 35-40% profit margin associated with the top academic publisher Elsevier and looks at how that profit margin is often greater than some of the most profitable tech companies like Apple, Facebook and Google. 


Jason Schmitt, Producer and Director serves as Chair of the Communication & Media Department at Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY. He concentrates his research on online education impacting a global audience, open access relating to academic publications, and media industry future trends. He has been a regular contributor to ForbesThe Huffington PostEdSurge, and Slate and is a regular on news outlets and radio for expert opinions revolving around societal implications associated with new media trends.
For more information about the movie or the team behind it visit
To view a movie trailer click here.
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