There was an interesting feature this morning on NPR that, I think, gets to some of the challenges newspapers face today, without being a "newspaper" example.
Sometimes it's very difficult to scrutinize yourself. And newspapers sometimes seem more reluctant even than other industries.
So, I thought this example might be a valuable lesson from another industry, might help us see our own challenges from a different perspective.
The music industry is enduring as big an upheaval as our industry, mainly because they had a similar business model for years: They tell the consumer what he likes. They have had essentially a monopoly on the distribution of music. And now they are struggling against the inevitable: digital distribution.
This "technical disruption" has empowered consumer choice, made the common man a music publisher, created "blue ocean" markets for once-dead artists and siphoned millions away from the old guard. Sound familiar?
Anyway, you can listen to the short report: here
I think it's a valuable dialogue starter.