I was hopeful for Jeff Greenfield’s segment on newspapers’ fate on CBS’ Sunday Morning today because I heard that they’d interviewed the team behind Baristanet and saw that they’d included Newser. Perhaps at last someone would concentrate on the people inventing the future of news. But, no. I’m afraid it all ended up at the same spot it always does: A newspaper guy complains that Baristanet and bloggers are pariahs. Geneva Overholser wrings her hands about newspapers. The guy who tried to save the Philadelphia newspapers but ran them into the ground pins his hope on – you guessed it – charging. Nothing new there. Same old, same old. Oh, for just one story that stipulates the sorry state of papers and the old arguments and instead talks only to innovators who are excited about news and are inventing its future.
by Jeff Jarvis