Posts Tagged: The Future of Journalism

Rosenberg on Y Combinator’s Call for Journalism Startups

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Yesterday I interviewed Scott Rosenberg at length for the Rumpus, and we spent a lot of time talking about the news industry and how it relates to online publishing, with special reference to blogging.

At one point he said (to paraphrase) “the news business has been in decline since the early 80s, and though it has accelerated in recent years, the decline itself is not a new thing.”

So it was interesting to read his thoughts about Y Combinator’s recent call for journalism startups.

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The Future of Journalism

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The conventional wisdom is that journalism, particularly the newspaper business, is finished, a dead tree just waiting for a stiff breeze to knock it over. No small number of electrons have been expended in trying to figure out the next business model (hint–The Huffington Post ain’t it), but one thing that most people (outside the newspapers themselves) seem to agree on is that charging for content isn’t going to work.

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