Convergence Musings

A friend alerted me to this post from yelvington.com regarding newsroom perspectives on converging newsrooms.

Having worked in several newsrooms that are in the midst of trying to figure out this phenomenon, I think responses to some of the posts questions could really run the gamut, from “convergence at my paper is the wave of the future” to “convergence at my paper is a catastrophe.”

How convergence is handled at each publication really is unique. Unfortunately, one paper handling it better than another may just prolong the life of the paper a bit, but it won’t save it.

Until we can figure out a revenue stream to compensate for the ad space being stolen by dot-coms, like Craig’s List or Vehix, newspapers will be in trouble.

It’s sad, but true.

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  1. Do the “little” ads like want ads really make up that much of the revenue?

    • 78picas

      Classified ads are the bread and butter of the newspaper. Not only do they account for a lot of revenue, it is often one of the most-read sections of the paper, behind obits!

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