Well, yes, Mr. Moore, they did. But it was a little more complex than the reasons you gave.
Newspapers lost their way when they became public corporations, beholden to shareholders and not their communities;
Newspapers lost their way when they hired publishers and upper management who didn’t come from news organizations, but from cereal companies;
Newspapers lost their way when they thought the Internet was a fad and/or a separate income-stream;
Newspapers lost their way when they thought they didn’t have to modernize and kept calling themselves newspapers.
The information and news from businesses in a geographic or topic-based community is just as valuable to the community as the news provided by journalists.
Hundreds of ad-supported niche news organizations have emerged during this transition. They’re employing thousands of modern journalists. We’re trying to lasso them into one place on the Jurnos wiki.
They’ve developed a business model. It’s working.
But, as Judy Sims recently pointed out in her SimsBlog, the lies that newspaper executives are telling themselves will prevent most of MSM from making the transition. But not my shop.
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