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How can newspapers survive the web

More people are getting their news off the Internet, not newspapers. Will traditional newspaper survive the web. Profit margins and monetisation is very difficult on the web. what business models can newspapers use to survive the web. is the answer in paywalls, of open access and advertising. will the revenue be enough to sustain the print media as we know it.

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  • Sep 18 2013: Maybe newspapers shouldn't survive.I'm no tree-hugger but according to greeningofoil.com,It takes 3,900,000 trees to print a years worth of Sunday editions of the New York Times.Every day, Americans buy 62 million newspapers, 44 million of which are thrown out. Over the next decade, it is projected that Americans will throw 10 million tons of newspapers straight into landfills.With this kind of environmental impact,I'd be happy to get my information,coupons,advertisement,comics and crosswords from the digital world instead of harming the world that we and future generations need to survive.
    • Sep 18 2013: but digital media comes at the cost of pollution only.....Electricity gets generated from Coal creates environmental issues.... you are correct that we should stop using news paper but we should also generate electricity from wind energy, hydro power etc...
      • Sep 18 2013: Yes we desperately need energy alternatives,but we should consider how much energy the internet saves us.Online shopping means you can buy stuff from your home without driving somewhere, meaning more energy savings. Online maps let us find our destinations easier with less driving, too. Then there's the fact that email lets us send messages and documents without requiring a fossil-fuel vehicle to physically deliver that information. So the Internet's share of energy use should certainly be contrasted with the amount of energy it saves.
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          Sep 19 2013: Clyde,i appreciate your contribution to the environment,but i think your idea might not suit everybody.Me,for example,i personally love ink on paper.and it's hard for me to reject.
          when i go online ,i kinda feel like i don 't get the full diet,i feel like i just get the icecream and cookies.you click on things,but when you turn pages of papers,sometimes you see stories you didn't know you will be interested in and you spend some time reading that.this's a certain serendipity factor.That's why i like reading that.It gives texture and content and history and much much more the web can't provide.
          But anyway,i have to confess,on the other hand,i totally identify with you,Clyde.what you said reminds me of always thinking in different perspectives.

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