No one chronicles the news media better than Ken Doctor of Aptos and his authoritative "Newsonomics" blog. The former Knight-Ridder executive has weighed in with a shattering new piece for the Nieman Journalism Lab, writing: "The question looms in the dark corners, in private conversations, and occasionally bursts into public view: 'How long do newspapers have?' "
Doctor covers the economics of news. In doing so, he points out that all form of media got slammed in the Great Recession. Now, most -- television, magazines, radio and especially online -- are recovering and growing again. The one exception? Newspapers.
It's a grim story. As Doctor says: "While (newspaper CEOs) talk little publicly these days, the fact remains: You can’t find anyone who says he yet has a proven, sustainable business model for moving forward."
But Doctor sees it as a challenge: "The threat of oblivion should be a powerful motivator, and we now see — finally — after a decade of decline, its specter moving us away from incremental, 'experimental' tests to a fundamental restructuring of the business of news."