I’ve been planning a whole bunch of blog posts to write in the next few weeks (I realized that if I actually had ideas of things to post about, I would be much more likely to actually put something up here, rather than just putting it off as more work to do).  Unfortunately, I am behind in my dissertation writing, and so don’t feel comfortable taking the time to blog about the various things I’ve been thinking about.  Instead, I will provide you with a fairly massive (and yet still by far not even close to approaching comprehensive) list of links to stories about “the death of newspapers.”  The trouble newspaper publishers are currently in is going to factor into my dissertation, including the chapter that I’m currently writing, but I don’t know how much.  What I do know: all of these smart people need to stop writing about it, so that there can be something left for me to say!  These links represent NOT EVEN THAT MUCH TIME spent looking around online.  Imagine what happens when I start researching this for real?

Please feel free to make suggestions of things I’ve missed.  I haven’t annotated these links, or even read many of them yet (that is for when I’ve caught up some on the things I’m supposed to have already done), but I intend to look at all of them at some point.  I can’t let this one aspect of things distract me from the larger project, but it is also the coolest and most relevant thing that’s happening re: my dissertation (at the moment, anyway).

Begin Link Dump

(Note Bene: I’ve marked the links as either single posts or whole websites, since the latter will require a certain extra amount of investigation on my part…)

This first entry is what started it all:

POST Rosen’s Flying Seminar In The Future of News
Written by garywestmoreland April 4, 2009 at 5:06 pm
Great post collecting some of the articles about the future of news from March 2009.

POST  New Yorker article, Out of Print: The death and life of the American newspaper.
by Eric Alterman March 31, 2008:

WEBSITE Newspaper Death Watch: Chronicling the Decline of Newspapers and the Rebirth of Journalism

POST  Boing Boing post Paying for News: A Mega-Merger Thought Experiment
Posted by Dan Gillmor, March 19, 2009 9:18 AM

WEBSITE  Printed Matters
Newspapers, their websites, and their future

POST Old Growth Media And The Future Of News March 14, 2009
There are other posts on this site that should be useful.

POST Goodbye to the Age of Newspapers (Hello to a New Era of Corruption)
Why American politics and society are about to be changed for the worse.
Paul Starr,  The New Republic  Published: Wednesday, March 04, 2009

POST The shape of things to come
A self-confessed ‘pretty unlikely early adopter’, the digital guru Clay Shirky still proved to be uncannily prescient about the impact of the web – which is why Tom Teodorczuk is getting his media forecast for 2009
The Guardian, Monday 5 January 2009

POST How Newspapers Tried to Invent the Web But failed.

By Jack ShaferPosted Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009, at 12:13 AM ET


WEBSITE  http://www.shirky.com/weblog/
Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable
POST  http://www.shirky.com/weblog/2009/03/newspapers-and-thinking-the-unthinkable/
This entry was posted on Friday, March 13th, 2009 at 9:22 pm

POST (NYT Blog) March 16, 2009, 4:29 pm
Why Newspapers Can’t Be Saved, but the News Can
By Eric Etheridge

POST (NYT Blog) As Cities Go From Two Papers to One, Talk of Zero
Published: March 11, 2009

WEBSITE   http://www.propublica.org/about
ProPublica: Journalism in the public interest
Interesting site designed to support investigative journalism online.  Maybe not directly relevant to death of newspapers, who knows.

POST http://googlepublicpolicy.blogspot.com/2009/04/some-questions-related-to-google-news.html
Tuesday, April 7, 2009 at 8:03 AM
Google Blog about AP and aggregators

POST  http://blog.wired.com/business/2009/04/google-ceo-walk.html

By John C Abell  April 07, 2009 | 4:54:12 PM

Wired article about head of Google talking to newspaper conference, with lots of relevant WIRED links, including:

POST  http://chronicle.com/temp/email2.php?id=nVdqbXjjkvz34zbpKg6BTjbgHnJzkdHx
What Colleges Should Learn From Newspapers’ Decline
By KEVIN CAREY   From the issue dated April 3, 2009