The relationship between today’s paper Courant and the digital version is interesting. The digital version pretends that the paper doesn’t exist and the paper is full of stories about Tribune Co cuts that will see 25% cuts in staff and a trimming of an already spare version.
The corporate news model never worked. It’s too loaded with items that have nothing directly to do with content. It would seem that value added is not a good idea for an institution that should have intrinsic value, kind of like charging the government for congressional participation in the culture.
But the new media model is more significant and interesting. TPM is a current workable model. It may be the only viable future, in fact, for large distribution news, unless the corporation gives away its profits to the news engine, which is unlikely.
Alas, we will be canceling our subscription to the Courant as we have no need for a trimmed down version given that the current paper is just barely readable, despite what Barbara Roessner writes regarding the “new” paper.