Sunday, March 01, 2009

Under Weight of Its Mistakes, Newspaper Industry Staggers - washingtonpost.com

Not entirely the fault of bloggers…

Why a once-profitable industry suddenly seems as outmoded as America's automakers is a tale that involves arrogance, mistakes, eroding trust and the rise of a digital world in which newspapers feel compelled to give away their content.

"Most of the wounds are self-inflicted," says Phil Bronstein, editor at large of the San Francisco Chronicle, which Hearst Corp. has threatened to close unless major cost savings are achieved or a buyer is found. Rather than engage the audience, he says, "the public was seen as kind of messy and icky and not something you needed to get involved with."

Under Weight of Its Mistakes, Newspaper Industry Staggers - washingtonpost.com

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