Page: Digital First? Not So Fast

14 Jan

From News & Tech, Jan. 9, 2012:

Shakespeare suggested we kill the lawyers and let’s hope the same fate awaits the newspaper cognoscenti who see a terminal disease in every printed newspaper.

While their collective “wisdom” on print lacks any foresight, what’s more disturbing is that newspaper execs, given their reluctance to explore new distribution models, are escorting their printed editions to the graveyard – and helping to bury their businesses, too.


People like Jeff Jarvis and John Paton – and many others pushing the digital-only future – grew up in the newsroom and if there’s one thing that’s true about a newsroom it’s this: Relying on the myopic viewpoint spawned by folks from the newsroom – from people who never sold an ad, delivered the paper in the morning’s wee hours or webbed up a press – will sooner kill a newspaper than save it.



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