Monday, February 9, 2009

Newspapers rewrite the future

As newspapers crumble around the country, shoring them up and plugging their holes is becoming an industry of its own.

A host of enterprises has sprung up to offer in-depth coverage for papers stretched thin by cutbacks. These new ventures are also exploring different ways to make journalism pay as more and more readers get their news free on the Web.

While publications have long used sources like the Associated Press to supplement their own reports, newspapers are now turning to these new providers, like Washington-based Politico and foreign news service GlobalPost, for more opinionated fare and alternative perspectives.

Some of these new ventures, like Politico, offer their stories for free in exchange for a portion of online ad revenue. Others charge for subscriptions but cost considerably less than a reporter's salary.

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