While the web only suggestion has some merit, those of us who are privileged enough to have regular and even DAILY
access to a computer cannot forget the incredible digital divide that
continues to exist across our nation and around the world. |
Responsible, thoughtful, and diverse WEB ONLY reporting has the ability
to increase social injustices by keeping the have-nots totally in the
dark. People of all income levels need convenient and affordable access
to timely information and high quality reporting.
Clean Water Action
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East Lansing, MI 48823
Eric Baerren wrote:
I have a suggestion -- go Web only.
Printing the newspaper on dead trees requires the cost of maintaining
and staffing a printing press. Pixels are almost free. There are a few
big papers -- the Christian Science Monitor -- who are already going
this route (the CSM doesn't print a daily edition anymore, and sticks
with pixels during the workweek).
It's not generating revenue, per se, but it is eliminating basically
all of the costs associated with operating a newspaper -- printing
press, circulation, classified ads, even management to coordinate all
of those things. After start up costs for equipment, marketing, and
site design, I think you could fund an entire local news operation for
less than $200,000 a year, almost all of which would be salaries for
reporters, visual media specialists, and an editor.
On Thu, Nov 20, 2008 at 9:52 AM, Erich
I enjoyed your column today and agree that the loss of
professional journalism is a threat to our democracy.
Do you have some suggestions on how our news services can make
money so that they can stay in business?
Perhaps a silver lining is that we are saving some trees and
polluting less rivers.
David Poulson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
November 20, 2008 9:17:09 AM
I wrote this for LSJ: http://tinyurl.com/5rsdt5
I'm posting here because I believe that it has particular implications
for environmental protection.
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Michigan State University
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