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Here's a story the newspaper industry's upper echelon apparently kept from its anxious newsrooms: A discreet Thursday meeting in Chicago about their future.
"Models to Monetize Content" is the subject of a gathering at a hotel which is actually located in drab and sterile suburban Rosemont, Illinois; slabs of concrete, exhibition halls and mostly chain restaurants, whose prime reason for being is O'Hare International Airport. It's perfect for quickie, in-and-out conclaves.
There's no mention on its website but the Newspaper Association of America, the industry trade group, has a
"The inchoate days of the internet will soon be over," Murdoch pronounced, citing an "epochal" debate in the industry. Having flirted with the idea of turning the Wall Street Journal website free before realising he had bought one of the world's few newspaper sites that makes money, Murdoch has come down in favour of online charging.
Mr Murdoch, who has announced plans to charge readers of his publications online, also said "you're going to have to pay for your favourite newspaper on the web''.
The days of free news online were "going to stop,'' he said.
"I believe newspapers will be selling subscriptions on the web,'' he said.
"A (newspaper) website will be vastly improved, much more in them and you'll pay for them.
ABOUT two dozen newspaper industry executives huddled yesterday to explore how they might be able to boost profits from their online operations as revenue from their print editions collapses.
The meeting at a Chicago hotel is the latest indication that many newspapers intend to become more aggressive about protecting their Internet content and, in some cases, charging Web surfers to read the material.
By changing the way they do business online, newspaper publishers are hoping they can stop the financial hemorrhaging that already has resulted in massive layoffs, huge losses and at least seven filings for bankruptcy protection since December.
Thursday's meeting was called "Models to Lawfully Monetize Content," according to an agenda obtained by The Associated Press. James Warren, a former managing editor for the Chicago Tribune, reported about the meeting earlier on The Atlantic's Web site.
The meeting was held "to discuss how best to support and preserve the traditions of newsgathering that will serve the American public," according to the Newspaper Association of America, the trade group that organized the gathering. An antitrust lawyer attended the meeting to caution the participants about laws prohibiting collusion or other anticompetitive measures.
Originally posted by mrwupy
What is the number 1 purpose of a newspaper? To spread the truth? To spread the lies? To shape the opinions of the masses?
The #1 purpose of a newspaper is to turn a profit. If they don't turn a profit they won't be able to pay the reporters, the news service they subscribe to, the electric bill that keeps the presses humming.
Newspapers are dying. Everything they have to offer is found for free on the internet. They have to rethink their business model or they will simply cease to exist.
Personally, I think the only strategy that will succeed is if they turn back into hometown newspapers. Focus on the local and they might have a chance. Even that is iffy though.
I hope they do start charging for online content. ATS is building a press corp and we will always be free. If they take this path then in a few years we'll be the biggest site on the internet.
Exciting times, exciting times.....
Young Spartan men who had completed their training at the agoge with such success that they were marked out as potential future leaders, would be given the opportunity to test their skills and prove themselves worthy of the Spartan military tradition through participation in the krypteia.
Every autumn, according to Plutarch (Life of Lycurgus, 28, 3–7), the Spartan ephors (classical Greek Ἔφοροι) would pro forma declare war on the helot population so that any Spartan citizen could kill a helot without fear of blood guilt. Unarmed, the kryptes were sent out into the countryside with the instructions to kill any helot they encountered at night and to take any food they needed.
This could be used to remove any helots considered troublesome and provide the young men with a manhood test and experience of their first kill. Such brutal oppression of the helots permitted the Spartans to control the agrarian population and devote themselves to military practice. It may also have contributed to the Spartans' reputation for stealth.
Originally posted by mrwupy
The #1 purpose of a newspaper is to turn a profit.