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"You can’t fix what you won’t admit is wrong."

"As career journalists we have entered a new era where what we know and what we traditionally do has finally found its value in the marketplace and that value is about zero."

"“You’re gonna miss us when we’re gone” is not much of a business model."

"Without ever establishing its economic value, we have argued our value as journalists and journalism itself is self-evident and unassailable."

"Today news organizations that do not embrace how news is now created and consumed – Digital First and Print Last – are ignoring not only how their customers desire to get news but how they understand it as well."

"Online stories today that do not link are now considered inferior by consumers. News companies, as brands, cheapen and destroy themselves if they do not allow the social interaction that society now demands of the new digital tool set."

"At the Register Citizen we have established an Open-to-the-Public newsroom and all are welcome."

"What we can do, however, under the power of our brands, which are still trusted, is help organize relevant information out of the river of content now available in each community."

"a thing of value has to earn its value – constantly."

"And for God’s sake stop listening to newspaper people. We have had since the mid-90s to get this right and clearly we are no good at it.

Put the digital people in charge – of everything.

They can take what we have built and make it better."

"We owe it to the communities who have sustained us not to falter just because we are afraid to change."
Harsh. But insightful.

#futureofnews
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Just an anecdote: Years ago I worked for the website of a major metropolitan newspaper. I was shocked to discover that a huge percentage of articles had to be taken down after 2 weeks.

The reason had something to do with contract negotiations with the union, and something to do with protecting the $2-per-article phone archive service. Meanwhile any user who followed an old link from another site got a bad experience, people learned to stop relying on the paper's article pages, and really good journalism on important topics disappeared into the aether.
 
I am no fan of Big media in it's current form. Mostly dolled up wire story teleprompter readers.

However, on social networks I have seen "news" stories morph into total inaccurate gibberish.
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