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drew
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Re: Business Plan

You all failed to read my post, especially the introduction.

I'm not favoring taxation to subsidize (read: prop-up) the business model.

I'm asking for YOUR SOLUTION to the funding issue.

I agree 100% with Immer See Profile that they need to get back into the business of fact-checking and out of the business of tabloid sensationalism. However, are you willing to pay for that? What's the business model?

I'm interested in solutions, not posts telling me that "taxation isn't the solution." I'm not proposing it as one - leave that for another thread on this article.
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Archivis
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My solution to the newspaper funding issue is to sit on my hands and do nothing. Let them figure out how to survive and if they cannot, then I hope to see a new innovative business model come out of it.

I like the coupons, but those are becoming digital more and more as the time passes.
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drew
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That's a cop out answer

Everyone has an opinion on what's not the solution but nothing about what the solution is.


Archivis
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The solution is a series of micro-solutions by an unfathomable amount of sources. Decisions by each of the reporters to contribute better content and create a better product. Decisions by the management to direct their people to make a better product. Decisions by executive management to decide how to drive their business into a modern era. Decisions by the consumer on how they want to see their news and what types of news they want to see. Decisions by competitive news organizations to be innovative and attack outdated business models that cannot survive. The list goes on. The list of events that sways this one or another is what drives the economy, speculation, stock markets, etc. If we knew this information, we could make investments accordingly and profit heavily.

This is the "sit on my hands" solution that says we need not intervene. We simply need to sit back and observe. News isn't dying. A company is dying and it arrogantly thinks it is an industry when it is not. It can adapt, or die.
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SomeGusdfsay

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reply to drew
Simply put, as the consumer it is not up to us to find a solution. While I fully agree news is good (don't repeat history and all that) we are not the ones selling the product. Like any other business, it is up to the company to figure out how to make it viable. If I don't buy TV's anymore, it's not up to me to figure out how to make them profitable. Right now the company is trying various ideas, like paywalls, that are generally failing. Now they are trying to get subsidized and well, will fail as well. Time for them to figure out something new, not me.


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said by drew:

I'm interested in solutions, not posts telling me that "taxation isn't the solution." I'm not proposing it as one - leave that for another thread on this article.

Here's just some random ideas I've cobbled up without any research, just throwing them out there. Ultimately it's their job to figure this out, not mine. But since you wanted some solutions, here's what comes to my mind.

- Improve the quality of your content and go behind a pay wall. Post the article online the day of the event, update the same article with new information (don't make a new one), then optionally post the fleshed out article on paper the next day. Maybe include comments from the website. This way you get the immediate newsflash online, then the researched article later.

- Tie in with social networking. Want to read our news? Link us with your Facebook profile. We'll get your info, but in return, we'll give you relevant location based stories. If you have your home and work address in Facebook and give that to us, we can intelligently give you your own personal traffic report. And here's your actual *LOCAL* news.
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drew
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I appreciate you at least trying to solve the problem.

ericthered26

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reply to drew
It's not a cop out. It's truth. It's not our job to find a solution, we don't own a newspaper. I'm not even remotely worried about it, because I don't live in some fantasy land where some big newspaper fails and then somehow I never ever ever again get news.

And paying a tax to "save" them from the destruction they deserve if they can't create a product others want to PAY for, is outrageous.

It's awfully generous of you to offer your time and ideas to saving a failing business, but if they want mine..... I want a paycheck.


drew
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Typical news (be it local, national, tech, whatever) commenter attitude. Quick to berate an idea but has nothing to offer instead.