Three interesting recent posts about the future of newspaper that really deserve to be read by those trying to figure things out.

  • The beginning of the great hybrid news battles of the early 21st century. Andrew Golis follows up a Scott Karp post with some thoughts on how aggregation is playing a role in the reinvention of the newspapers and competition with the growing number of online competitors.
  • MediaNews’ Singleton On What’s Ailing Newspapers: It’s The Economy, Not The Internet. In a Paid Content interview, Dean Singleton says that 60 per cent of the revenue problems newspapers are now facing are because of the economy, and that they’ll disappear when the economy improves. Whether that’s optimistic or realistic is, of course, the question of the hour. (He also talks about the continuing importance of AP.)
  • The Elite Newspaper of the Future. In a longish piece at AJR, Philip Meyer, author of The Vanishing Newspaper, writes: “The endgame for newspapers is in sight. How their owners and managers choose to apply their dwindling resources will make all the difference in the nature of the ultimate product, its service to democracy and, of course, its survival.” There is a lot here about the current reality for newspapers and Meyer’s preferred solution for how it shakes out.

These three pieces look at different aspects of newspapers, both online and off. Together, they suggest to me that the future remains messy and that it is unlikely there is a single, life-saving model for newspapers.

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