Good Column on state of Newspaper industry
Check it out here, from Harvard Business Publishing.
According to Haque -- the author -- the newspaper industry needs to embrace the new rules, for the sake of (1) keeping the industry alive, and (2) informing the public.
Some of the new rules are
- Knowledge, not news.
- Topics, not articles. When Talking Points Memo exposed the Bush administration's series of politically motivated firings, it did so in a series of posts, that let the story develop, surface, thicken, and climax. Stories are for information — topics are for knowledge.
- Provocation, not perfection. Newspapers seek perfection: perfect grammar, perfect ledes, perfect headlines. Nichepapers seek provocation instead. Sometimes, yes, that provocation is mere titillation. But more often than not it's authentic provcation: nichepapers provoke us to think; they challenge us; they educate us in ways that newspapers stopped doing long ago.
The entire article (it isn't very lengthy) is extremely insightful. I hope newspapers take him to heart.