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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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March 08, 2009


Dan Woog

What's fascinating to me is how quickly this is happening. Within a couple of months, people across America have begun believing that the newspaper as we knew it might not survive. Within a few more months -- maybe less? -- those thoughts will become reality. A year from now, what we now call "newspapers" might be only a fond (or, for some, not-so-fond) memory.

Different models -- but linked by a break from the past, and an economic and journalistic need to race into the future -- are already here. It is an exciting, challenging, frightening and momentous time. THANKS, Mark, for keeping us current. And congratulations to the pioneers. The only problem is: Your work won't be recorded in the "press"!

Mike Coleman

The days of newspapers produced by companies who have leveraged themselves into a financial hole are definitely numbered. The days of newspapers produced by companies who have been conservative in their borrowing are not numbered, at least not in the near-term. It's a key difference and, as Dan's comment proves, the general media splash of bankruptcy of some over-leveraged media companies gives the public an illusion that ALL newspapers are on the brink of collapse. I won't argue the business model for print papers is less strong, but it has not completely folded across the board and certainly isn't a "year from now" from happening.

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