The pace of stories about appearing everywhere about the death of the dailies is reaching a fevered pitch, and everyone, it seems, has an opinion about what will and will not work to save the newspapers from an inevitable demise. The following are just a sample of the deluge of stories over the past few weeks about what will certainly be a major theme in 2009 (even more so than in 2008…).
• Time thinks that micropayments are the answer
• Portfolio’s Felix Salmon says they aren’t
• Slate thinks that newspapers should declare themselves religions and reap the tax benefits
• Maybe the future of printed journalism lies in customized, printed blog posts
• Can Google save the dailies by “merging without merging?’
• No matter what the answer is, at least the New York Times is furiously and intelligently attacking the problem
• And maybe the end of printed dailies is not as devastating an outcome as most (including me) think. Seth Godin, for one, doesn’t seem to be too nervous about it.