Monday, November 24, 2008

How the NYT Could Save Itself

Andrew Sumereau writes:

It is biased, elitist, and pretentious. It is filled with errors, omissions and distortions. Yes, The New York Times is all this and worse, and I fully understand the glee with which its critics view its coming demise. But like many things in this life, it will be sorely missed when gone, even by its critics, and for reasons that will not be made clear until it is a memory. Assume for a moment that it can and should be saved. Here is how it can be done.

Make no mistake, the newspaper industry as we have known it is a dying industry. Expenses grow, income shrinks, readership evaporates, the business model no longer works. Most will be out of business within five years. It is inevitable. Only a handful of major papers will survive.

So why save the Times? Why bother? Many reasons: Because a good newspaper will be and should be read and valued by intelligent people for coming decades, because the most important city in the country needs a good daily newspaper, and because it is much easier to transform something alive than resurrect something dead. And with drastic changes made, the Times can rebound and become a valuable resource for the public and the nation.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is the only quotable section in an otherwise pretty silly analysis of the New York Times and its future.