Five Key Reasons Why Newspapers Are Failing

by Patrick Appel

Felix Salmon sums up Bill Wyman’s two-part article on the death of small newspapers:

The first part, on how consumers have never paid for news, is the clearest exegesis I’ve yet seen of the truism that newspapers don’t sell news, they sell readers. The second part delivers some much-needed home truths about how most newspapers really aren’t that great to begin with. And the third part explains why the Gawker version of a Washington Post story is nearly always going to be much more fun to read than the original newspaper article.