Why newspaper business models are failing

The alternate reality of the Save The Tribune folks is quite amusing. In their world, the Evil Mormon Cult™ is running a conspiracy to rob Utah of the One True Voice of News in Utah. The ultimate reality, though, is that the Tribune is an often solid product chained to a failing business model. An inability to adapt a legacy model to changing conditions is nothing new. The recording industry fought digital distribution tooth and nail before iTunes, Amazon, Pandora, and many others ended up forcing their hand. The movie and…

The Death Of The Tribune’s Business Model Doesn’t Mean Journalism Is Dead

Yesterday, Jesse Harris wrote that the Salt Lake Tribune should die, and the arrogance of the “Save the Tribune” petition and movement is just further proof of why. He argued that traditional print media’s business model is failing, and no softly bigoted campaign to save the Tribune from the evil clutches of the LDS owned Deseret News will change that. The response from journalists was swift and aggressive. And much of it just further proves Jesse’s point. While I do see a need for full-time, professional journalism because part-time, unpaid bloggers can…

The arrogance of “Save the Tribune” proves it should die

Here’s a hypothetical scenario: your favorite grocery store has been in a partnership with supermarket giant Kroger to help reduce its operating costs. Even though it’s been trying really hard, it just doesn’t seem to be able to make it as a business and keeps downsizing. Then the possibility comes up that Kroger may be interested in buying out your store. In response, a few die-hard fans of the local grocery store start proclaiming that if that happens, you’ll never be able to buy groceries in the town again. Sounds…