Henry Porter used his own regional newspaper experience in his piece in the Observer yesterday, to mourn the death of local newspapers. He concludes:
(…)”The crisis in local news is not just about ‘the business model’, a phrase I am coming to loathe. It is about the fabric of a society and the careers that grew out of local journalism and have made so many contributions both to journalism and national life.
“This is something that new companies such as Google, with all their wealth and lack of obligation to anything beyond their own exhilarated sense of entitlement, will never understand. Why would they when they can sell advertising around journalism that has been provided for free by increasingly desperate newspapers?”