Friday, November 24, 2006

Yahoo’s local newspaper deal does not mean better local journalism

Jonathan Weber runs NewWest.Net, a news site that focuses on original local journalism. His views add to mine on Yahoo’s recent deal with a consortium of 176 newspapers that the actual need of the moment was being ignored. He writes:

Personally, I’d rather see Yahoo teaming up with small publishers and helping to underwrite a new, Web-centric, participatory form of journalism, one that breaks away from the aging, print-based formulas of old-line newspapers.

True. Newspapers must not be blinded by Craigslist’s assault.

They must also be not too dependent on Yahoo's content-related offerings. I understand that they did good with this deal and ensured better online ad revenues, however, they must also improve their product by focusing on LOCAL MATTERS.


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