Just because newspapers are suffering, it does not mean that Journalism is dying (far from it). That being said, we still need to figure out who is going to pay for quality (and unbiased) Journalism in a world struggling to find a viable business model for newspapers.
After posting the amazing presentation that Jay Rosen gave to Journalists (How Mass Media Learns About New Media), it occurred to me that no matter how much money the mass media newspapers are bleeding, there will always be some kind of newspaper, simply because the world needs Journalism. We need to understand what is happening in our communities, our cities, our states (or provinces), our countries and our world. Rosen argues that it’s going to be some kind of hybrid model where both professional journalists will co-mingle with amateurs (or citizen journalists). Jeff Jarvis (author of What Would Google Do? and media pundit over at Buzzmachine) has been doing lots of real work specifically on this topic. Jarvis is part of a project called, New Business Models For News, and they have been posting their thoughts, business models, ideas and provocations.
Here are some of the initial thoughts from Jeff Jarvis on how Journalism is going to survive and thrive: