... this post on Power Line the other day, but got caught up with other things -- which happens in this job: Newspapers Fight Back. Money quote:
At the end of the day, of course, there is no doubt that commentary sites like this one and aggregators like Google and Yahoo rely on other media to do original news gathering. Ultimately, the newspapers and other news media who fulfill this function need to develop a business model that will work in an era of mostly electronic communication. If they don't, the demand for raw news will be filled by someone else.
My own feeling. for what it's worth, is that a mere electronic version of the newspaper will not work in the log run. What will work is rethinking the concept of newspapers in electronic-specific terms. A blog, for instance, shouldn't be thought of merely as a newspaper column online. Why? Because a newspaper column is not interactive in the way that a successful blog is.