The gist of what I’m about to write here was already published as a comment on Jeff Jarvis’s BuzzMachine. If you’ve already seen that, move along, there’s nothing really new in this article.
Michael Hirschorn has written a must-read piece in the Atlantic, “End Times,” concerning the death of the New York Times in print.
Hirschorn is pretty much spot on in his analysis except for one crucial bit. He argues that the Times should evolve into a “bigger, better, and less partisan” Huffington Post. Such a move would indeed be the end of the Times. Arianna Huffington’s business model for the Huffington Post amounts to little more than cheap thievery.
The problem that remains is finding a sustainable business model for enterprise, investigative, and beat reporting.