Alan Mutter's blog "Reflections of a Newsosaur"
is a must read about the economics of newspapers. It is also one of the
most depressing blogs out there right now. Alan doesn't hold back any
punches. He only serves cold dishes of reality. At this time, however,
the view is merited and contains important information to head. If
there is anybody who can give you the straight talk about newspaper
economics - its Alan.
NOTE: The video is a bit shaky but clears up after a minute. This is part of my continued work for Jeff Jarvis and CUNY at NewsInnovation.com (where there are other interviews to watch).
I tried to find some positive near the end of the interview (tunnel)
but Alan didn't want to add any obvious silver lining. From his view
this really is a time to hold on tight, because we are going down a
steep hill for at least 6 months. After the interview he jokingly said
that as a depressing person "this is his time to shine." That may be
true - but if you need a positive jolt after this video interview I
still go back to my recent blog post "Why We Should Feel Bullish About the Future of Journalism."