Next month (March 9, my earlier date was an error), the Media Center of the American Press Institute is
bringing together folks from the print-journalism/online borderlands for
a free Webcast panel discussion about "The Vanishing Newspaper."
One of the panelists, Phil Meyer, has just published a book by that
title. Here's a summary of the theme from the Media Center (bold added):
Meyer poses the question: Why are U.S. newspapers "vanishing?" Why
is their social and commercial influence on the decline? One reason is
because the American public is losing faith in their ability to be fair
arbiters of national discourse and honest recorders/ interpreters of
community and national life. Another reason is that alternative avenues
of information are gaining momentum, most notably on the Internet. The
result has been declining newspaper readership and share of advertising
The Vanishing Newspaper webcast will look at how historic mass-media
institutions can use new communications trends and tools to make
credibility and public service once again integral parts of their
mandate, thereby turning threat into the means by which the business
model transforms into one more suitable for the connected society.
Other panelists are online and offline editors, including Tim Porter, who has been giving Phil's book a critical reading and posting comments in his blog, First Draft. The moderator will be BuzzMachine blogger Jeff Jarvis, president of Advance.net, which oversees Internet strategy for Advance
Publications, Inc., including CondeNast magazines and regional newspaper sites.
According to the site's announcement, "Media Center events are always interactive. The audience will
participate in polls as well as post questions, thoughts, ideas and
comments throughout the event."
Details and discussion questions are here.
(edited Feb. 13)