Comments on: Newspapers plot survival as quietly as they can Where media and technology meet Wed, 16 Nov 2016 08:48:25 +0000 hourly 1 By: Tracker Mo Mon, 01 Jun 2009 13:28:04 +0000 Newspapers still fail to understand the nature of the internet and, in doing so, have revealed their elitist attitude, not to mention their lack of business savvy.

Here’s a quick primer:
Information = Free (because that is what draws the audience)
Advertisement = Charge (that is the revenue source)

Trying to charge for subscriptions to online news is ludicrious– it’s like trying to charge for air. Go ahead and try. But most people will take the free air over the charged air everytime. Case in point, WSJ.

It makes much more sense to give the news for free and cash in on a newspapers reputation by charging for advertisement. Even if they just added an adsense ad, they would join the Fed-Ex club in no time.

The only real trouble is, the newspapers have been “double-dipping” (i.e., charging for both) for so long and now they have to suck it up like the rest of world. Elitist pigs, that’s what they are.

And, by the way, their level of writing has gone down as much, if
not more than, the rest of the world– enough, so that they can stop pretending to be better than anyone else. They aren’t.


By: brian lee Sat, 30 May 2009 05:20:52 +0000 i agree with ‘believe it’. because of the obvious bias at the new york times ,they have lost journalistic credibility with people like my self who are not radical leftists.i tend to group them with their hollywood soul mates who unfortunately think people take notice of them.

By: believe it Fri, 29 May 2009 20:29:03 +0000 What most newspapers should really acknowledge is that people are fed-up with their editorializing and bias. This has killed off more newspapers than any alternate technology ever could. Until that issue is corrected, no one will be interested in what they have to say, whether its on paper or not.

By: Geoff Fri, 29 May 2009 16:52:22 +0000 The “foldable” Kindle is out there, called flexible circuitry. Price, juice and access details details….

Right price for paper Globe for example 2.99 month, and they pick up the old ones – that might allow them to charge me more.

Paper – good for the pet cages, nice to read while on the “throne”, a pain to pick-up and recycle. Great to clean windows + white vinegar, its the best.

By: asiabytes Fri, 29 May 2009 16:49:54 +0000 This really sounds like too little, too late. Will there be any newspapers of quality left after the dust settles? I think they will all become supermarket tabloids. Fit for fishwrap and birdcage liner.

By: Lou Fri, 29 May 2009 16:36:15 +0000 I agree with the post above that online ads are the wave of the future for these companies. Newspapers are a dinosaur. The companies have you read what they want and the reporting is shady. Today’s generation doesn’t read newspapers. The baby boomers are what’s been keeping it going. If they charge for online content, the few customers they still have will only go to cable and satellite for their dose of journalism.

By: VJ Fri, 29 May 2009 15:29:49 +0000 I think why not consider that subject of the news should have right to the news story rather than reporter or publisher of the news which impacts the subject more than paper itself. So moral of the story is that it will be hard to swallow especially for obama news {NY Times} to justify anything including charging for articles in the paper specially how they acted during last election cycle and beyond.

They will be better of asking for federal bailout or be bought by White house and run as official Paper like Pravda or as amtrack and USPS.

By: robert crenshaw Fri, 29 May 2009 15:24:10 +0000 Mike,

The issue is who is going to cover the local stories that are important but not glamourous but important. You want to cover the local school board at night if you aren’t being paid?

Bloggers aren’t reporters. They comment on things while sipping their lattes.

By: robert crenshaw Fri, 29 May 2009 15:17:06 +0000 Mike,

News is alive and well?

Who is going to cover the less glamorous issues if newspapers disappear. Bloggers? These self-indungent boobs sit at coffeehouses chatting about their mundance lives or how they hate the Iraq War.

Investigative reporting costs money. WHO IS GOING TO DO IT DUDE?

By: Mike Mahoney Fri, 29 May 2009 14:29:24 +0000 This is very troubling. As much as I feel sorry for the reporters at these newspapers I don’t believe that Congress should give any special rights or protections to newspapers.

In fact, if there is one group that could do more harm to the public good and to public policy it is the newspapers themselves.

I vehemently urge all American’s to write or call their Congressionmen and Senators to deny this group any sort of special antitrust exemptions..

Newspapers may be dying but news is alive and well.