Thursday, December 17, 2009

Can newspapers survive by begging?

This holiday season, many people will get into the spirit of giving by donating to charities. But generous South Floridians have another option -- The Miami Herald. The region's paper of record has been hit hard by cutbacks, layoffs, and revenue declines facing most of the newspaper industry, and it has started posting a link at the bottom of each story, saying, "If you value The Miami Herald's local news reporting and investigations, but prefer the convenience of the Internet, please consider a voluntary payment for the web news that matters to you." Can asking readers for spare change help save newspapers?

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