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Re: E-M:/ Michigan Newspapers

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.

Nikki Motson
Clean Water Action
1200 Michigan Ave.
East Lansing, MI 48823
(517)203-0754 (office)
(517)203-0760 (fax)

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 Ditschman <theriverdude@sbcglobal.net> wrote:

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.  
Erich Ditschman

From: David Poulson <poulsondavid@gmail.com>
To: enviro-mich@great-lakes.net
Sent: Thursday, November 20, 2008 9:17:09 AM
Subject: E-M:/ Michigan Newspapers

I wrote this for LSJ: http://tinyurl.com/5rsdt5
I'm posting here because I believe that it has particular implications for environmental protection.


David Poulson
Associate Director
Knight Center for Environmental Journalism
Michigan State University
517 432 5417

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