Monday, March 02, 2009

Thought of the day: public newspapers

A whole bunch of newspapers have been in trouble recently, and everyone is wondering what the new business model will be.

Here's a thought: Is there a place for government-supported public newspapers? We have public television and public radio, so why not public newspapers?

This post by dday on Hullabaloo offers some good insight into what holes the deaths of these newspapers mean and the sorts of holes they leave.

1 Comments:

Anonymous bill in minneapolis said...

That is a good idea. However, it is already happening so some extent on the internet. MnPost is an example. Mainly, volunteer reporters who have been laid off and some public interest donors.

I think that it is for-profit, hoping to get ad revenue but they would be wise to switch to a non-profit model like public radio.

6:57 PM, March 02, 2009  

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