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CK_John Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 09:46 AM
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With rapid decline of print news, how long before online news sites
become a target for the mega publishers or will print news begin surrendering to the online outlets. IMO, Huffington Post will be the main target. I can see the NY Times becoming a partner with HP, how that will playout will be critical to the future of online news.

A merger of need or a takeover?
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ogneopasno Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 09:51 AM
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1. If the question is revenue needed to support a print product, why would a newspaper "take over"
a Web site?
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CK_John Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 09:52 AM
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3. To survive. n/t
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ogneopasno Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 09:59 AM
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5. What I'm saying is, a Web site doesn't generate the kind of revenue a newspaper needs "to survive."
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Phred42 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 09:52 AM
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2. and THEN all news will be filtered by COMCAST et al.
And if you don't pay your ISP provider - you don't get news!
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SteppingRazor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 09:59 AM
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4. The NY Times site already receives way more hits than HuffPo, I believe...
and HuffPo already links to a variety of print sites for its stories, as well as AP.


I think this goes back to a big problem of online news. So many people say they get their news online, but go to Google News and check it out. I just did, and every story is from either a wire service or a newspaper, except one CNN story and one BBC story.

So, while I realize print is going down, given that online almost wholly depends on newspapers and wires (the biggest of which is jointly owned by the newspapers) for its reporting, if newspapers go down, so does most online news.
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jpljr77 Donating Member (580 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:03 AM
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6. Well, the Washington Post Company bought Slate a few years ago...
so it's a good possibility. Of course, the WashPo Co. saw this trend coming years ago and set up an online-only division.
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