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I guess I don't understand why they can't thrive as an online publication. There is still a need for local news. And if you can write for a paper, you can write for a website. I realize in this scenario people would still lose jobs, but some jobs would be salvaged.
Maybe I just think in too simple of terms.
a lot had to do with the advertising dollars. From what I understood, 5-years ago, the advertisers were not willing to pay as much to advertise online as they would in a newspaper. Plus, the newspapers started by giving away their content for free online. If they had started by issuing each subscriber a password which allowed only them to view the content, they may have been able to make the transition.
On the other hand, charging for internet content has it's own downside. Since there are so many free alternatives on the web, charging for news can backfire. Just look what Wikipedia did to World Book and Encyclopedia Britannica. Finding a way to make money on the internet when your product is news is like walking in a minefield.
"I've heard some of our fans say, 'We were always an SEC school. We just didn't know it," athletic director Bill Byrne said.
The more sources for information the better. I can think of few things made better with less competition.
The internet and the newspaper serve different purposes. The internet is where you get it first. Unfortunately, though websites are getting MUCH better- witness this place, the newspaper was where you went to get it right. Some sites will say anything just to claim to be "first". They'll then amend and re-issue reports that go 180 degrees from their first report but still claim to have been first on the scene. Newspapers don't have that kind of chance. If they attempted the same thing they'd be crucified. Also, newspaper folks are much more likely to be known figures to the public, can't hide behind a screen name and have access to the coaches on a daily basis. As a result, they got better access but also felt beholden to the people they dealt with daily on a face to face basis. Now that places like this site partner with the paper, both have improved- the websites and the paper. This, IMO, is the future.
newspaper is a dying medium. As an industry, I feel like they really missed the boat on transitioning the readership to a more internet based business. This is just another symptom of its decline.
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I think it's a revenue issue. They still can't seem to reconcile whether to not to charge its readers for content, and they're (the print media) certainly light years behind other forms of media in advertising revenue.
Beyond newspapers, think about this business, guys like Garvin, Emfinger, and Dave Campbell to a degree, none of them has really evolved with the time.
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