Last week (Tuesday to be precise) Chris Rauber, the health care journo at the SF Business Times calls me to talk about health care IT. But he ends with a question that’s not about Health care or IT, but aimed at me as a blogger. He says “what do you think is the future business model for journalism”
I’ve been mulling this a little bit and my response went something like, media is now disaggregated. Craigslist and Google have destroyed the advertising model for most media, and blogs and social networks have democratized the commentary/opinion playing field (to some extent—I’m not as rich as Tom Friedman yet!). The problem is that not many “new” media outlets—such as THCB—can afford to take on the interesting part, which is paying real investigative journalists to investigate. Something I would love to be bale to do—as there’s lots of muck to be raked in health care.
When THCB gets rich enough to hire Chris, Lisa Girion, & Barbara Martinez and put them in the mix of commentary and punditry we now have on the site, then there’ll be no need for the current newspapers Until then I don’t know what the answer is.
I was so pleased with myself that I was actually going to write a piece about this but then on Friday Clay Shirky wrote a much better piece about it than I ever could.
So go read “Newspapers & thinking the unthinkable”
(here’s where you need to imagine me shaking my fist Colbert style)”SHIIRRRKKKKYYY……”
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