Newspapers have a bright future as print-digital hybrids after all - but they'd better hurry, argues Robert Kuttner. Whether newspapers are print or web matters far less than whether they maintain their historic calling.
You can also listen (MP3) to a lively and illuminating Columbia Journalism Review discussion on the future of daily newspapers, sparked by Robert Kuttner's article. Along with Kuttner, founding co-editor of The American Prospect, the panelists are media investor Steven Rattner, managing principal of Quadrangle Group LLC; Jim Brady, executive editor of washingtonpost.com; Amanda Bennett, executive editor/enterprise for Bloomberg News and former editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer; and Jill Abramson, managing editor of The New York Times. The discussion is moderated by Nicholas Lemann, dean of Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism.