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Opportunity for online frameworks for newspapers? 3/20/07

Posted by Steve Boriss in Structure.
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David Strom posts an essay by long-time tech journalist David Hakala titled “Newspapers Will Never Get IT Right.” Yes, it sure does seem unlikely that web site development will ever become a competitive advantage of newspapers in the same way the ownership of large, expensive, but fully amortized printing presses ultimately did. That’s one of the reasons why the vision presented elsewhere on this site predicts the emergence of a new role called “News Frameworkers.” In its purest form, this role will include organizations that are essentially indifferent to news content, but will provide the hardware, software, and services that allow the other 3 roles to develop and distribute news. Current day examples of this emerging role include Social Computing providers MySpace and YouTube, blogging services like WordPress, and services which aggregate news like Google News and Digg. This suggests that under the arguable assumption that today’s newspapers will simply morph into online products, there are opportunities for products and services that serve the shared infrastructure needs of today’s newspapers.

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