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  • I've spent more than 25 years at the intersection of traditional and digital journalism. I've helped to invent ways to read and interact with the news and advertising on computer screens and iPads, and before that, I wrote news stories on typewriters and six-ply paper. I co-founded WashingtonPost.com and hyperlocal pioneers Backfence.com and GrowthSpur; served as editor of Philly.com; taught media entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland; and have done product-development and strategy consulting for all sorts of media and Internet companies and startups. You can read more about me here.

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February 07, 2008


Oscar Martinez

Amen, Mark.


Sounds like you're advocating that some of the larger newspaper chains buy the "upstarts" you mentioned. This would probably be a good first step in helping traditional media solve the local puzzle. Plus it would inject some needed tech-start-up DNA into these old behemoths. :-)

Beth Lawton


Wondering if you saw (and what you thought of) the Winter 2007 Nieman Reports on newspapers and whether "local" is the answer... http://www.nieman.harvard.edu/reports/contents.html.

Mark Potts

The Nieman Reports package was comprehensive and very interesting. I was one of the authors, in fact!

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