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Re: E-M:/ Michigan Newspapers

My brother is a printer.  I would hate to see him out of work because we want to be "green".  According to James Lovelock there is no point in the teeny weeny panicked green effort that we are putting forth now, we have crossed the point of no return.  Even if we have not, I love trees, but we can print on bamboo or other sustainable materials, such as hemp.  Hemp rocks.

It would actually create more jobs if we legalized hemp to be grown and used here in the USA, its a great paper replacement, and  it can be eaten ( high source of protein),  used for books, clothing,shoes,concrete reinforcement, plastic replacement, lubricant, car moldings,  rugs, laundry detergent, shoe polish, plaster, wood chip replacement,  the list goes on and on.

Edie Britt

-----Original Message-----
From: Eric Baerren <ebaerren@gmail.com>
To: Erich Ditschman <theriverdude@sbcglobal.net>
Cc: David Poulson <poulsondavid@gmail.com>; Sent: Thu, 20 Nov 2008 10:02 am
Subject: Re: E-M:/ Michigan Newspapers

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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