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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 22 2013: How can "town criers" survive the newspaper? What is a town crier? From Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Town_crier):

    "In Medieval England, town criers were the chief means of news communication with the townspeople, since many were illiterate in a period before the moveable type was invented. Royal proclamations, local bylaws, market days, adverts, even selling loaves of sugar were all proclaimed by a bellman or crier throughout the centuries—at Christmas 1798, the Chester Canal Co. sold some sugar damaged in their packet boat and this was to be advertised by the bellman."

    In other words, I don't think newspapers will or should survive the web in the long run. They may settle into a nostalgic market niche much like horse drawn carriages today, but I think that's about the best outcome I can think of.

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