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Might this be Journalism’s Future?

The end of the Rocky Mountain News, described in the post below, has led to the birth of

As of this writing thirty editors and reporters of the now defunct newspaper are planning to start an online-only publication — if they can get 50,000 paying subscribers by April 23, which would have been the Rocky’s 150th anniversary. Subscriptions start as low as $4.99 monthly.

Just as taxpayers have had to bail out so much of America’s industry, now it’s the former employees of one of America’s most prestigious newspapers who have to take charge of the finances as well. It may be the best plan for ensuring the level of professionalism and commitment that in-depth journalism requires.The looming question, of course, other than whether there are 50,000 people who will make the commitment, is the degree to which a dedicated staff can reinvent a newspaper as an online entity so that readers will find enough added value to keep on coming back and paying for it. Can “interactivity” become more than a buzzword? Can an online publication serve a community in innovative and essential ways?

Whatever eventually happens this is the moment, if there ever was one, to pay the less than twenty cents daily required to kick-start this experiment. Again,

One Comment

  1. They’re falling like dominos! The day after your post, the Seattle PI joined InDenverTimes. Is this where all of our newspapers are heading? What are the implications? For one, no more smudged fingers on Sunday morning.

    Thursday, March 19, 2009 at 11:36 pm | Permalink

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