I think publishers should form a national consortium to rethink completely the financial model for print journalism, based, of course, on helping news consumers finally understand that quality content costs money. The newspaper business also needs better lobbyists. Publishers should get tax benefits and a range of other goodies from all levels of government.
That being said, baseball teams often don't make money, and newspapers shouldn't have to, either. It should be an honor to operate one in the public interest. Isn't a well-informed public at least as vital as a sports-entertained one?
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Commissioner Of Hardball
I wrote this today to a friend in the newspaper business: