- Killer speech by Tim McGuire of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism on the perils and some fixes for the newspaper industry.
- Newspapers as we know them have a problem. It is a big, nasty, transformational problem. Arguments about whether it could have been avoided are the territory of second-guessers with too much time on their hands. The fact is newspapers have this problem because the world marches on.
- All products have life cycles and the golden age of the newspaper product was from the 1950’s through the mid-to late 90’s. There is a lot of loose talk about newspapers being dinosaurs. If that is true, the meteor hit newspapers in the mid-90’s. It’s called the Internet.
Our entire society and scores of other industries were hit by the same meteor. Tom Friedman of the New York Times, wrote a tremendously important book a few years ago called The World is Flat. Tom argues the dynamic force in Globalization 3.0 is the newfound power for individuals to collaborate.