By Steve Outing
My latest column for Editor & Publisher Online was posted this morning:
It’s my take on what a newspaper that’s decided to completely ditch its print edition but survive and reinvent itself as a digital-only local news entity will look like. I envision a news operation that still has enough left to be a force in the community and an effective watchdog, and run as a profitable business.
It’s looking like we’ll see that happen soon. Top candidate is the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, which owner Hearst Corp. has said will either be shut down soon or become a down-scaled online-only news organization. That’s of course if no buyer is found. In this economic landscape? Not likely.
Similar situations are possible in other U.S. cities.
Please discuss. … What do you think a surviving and reinvented digital “newspaper” will look like?