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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 20 2013: I read lots of newspapers -- on the web. Some that I check: Ha'aretz (Israel), The New York Times, Dawn (Pakistan), The Washington Post, La Vanguardia, (Spain) , El Pais (Spain), The Japan Times, and The Guardian. I supplement that with the web sites for CNN, Bloomberg, The Economist, Reuters, just to mention a few sources that are not newspapers. Why would I want to wait for a thick bundle of paper, mostly composed of advertisements or 'infotainment' BS to be delivered to my house and then have to get my fingers all black from reading it? Besides, if I wanted to read my local paper -- the Houston Chronicle -- I wouldn't have a clue what's going on in the world. On the odd occasion I'm in a Starbucks and I buy a copy of The New York Times, I feel cheated -- only a few articles interest me and after I read them I discard the paper to be hauled off to a landfill to rot. Seems a lot easier just to remember to bring my iPad and read a wider variety of articles right off the screen -- and then to fold my iPad and leave. No mess. Greater variety. (Incidentally I subscribe to the Times so it isn't that they're not making some money off of me. I'm tempted to subscribe to both Ha'aretz an to The Wall Street Journal. We'll see.....

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