Date

12-2009

Degree Name

BS in Journalism

Department

Journalism Department

Advisor(s)

Bill Loving

Abstract

Newspapers are at a crossroads in their existence. Traditionally, the printed giants were able to hold monopolies in their respective municipalities because the barrier to entry for printing was high and the operating costs were expensive. A study published in 1978 – a decade before the Internet came to fruition – reported that local newspaper monopolies existed in more than 97 percent of U.S. cities . But with the Web, that dynamic has vastly shifted. Widely accessible and affordable Web platforms eliminate both the barrier to entry and operating costs required to publish to a mass audience. As a result, newspapers have felt the impact, and recent numbers prove it. This paper explores alternate business models for the news industry in the digital era.