Rupert Murdoch says that the internet won’t mean the death of newspapers.
On the Huffington Post today, Arianna H says that she is continuing with the cohort of citizen journalists who so succesfully provided content for the “Off the bus” coverage of the US election. In fact she is expanding their numbers, believing they can make a significant contribution to the site’s editorial process.
I wouldn’t want to bet against either of them, but can they both be right?
The Murdoch argument is that newspapers are failing not because of inroads made by online news sources, but because editors aren’t giving their readers what they want – Charles Warner (writing on HuffPo) has already described that as ” like blaming horses for the decline in the sale of buggy whips because of the invention of the automobile.” So I guess we know where he stands…