Googling to Newspaper Solvency

Posted by Andy_Updegrove on May 21, 2009 2:29 PM EDT Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove
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News aggregators like LXer post extracts from news sources, driving traffic back to the source, and to the ads they find there. This generates income for the journalists and publishers that produced the content to begin with. Nice system, right? Some publishers are deciding that its not sweet enough, and they're looking through the wrong end of the telescope.

Not that I don't feel their pain. I am a avid, lifelong, read of newspapers in general, and of the New York Times in particular. And I'm a staunch believer in the essential role of an independent press in a modern democracy. I’m also an aggregator myself, as the owner of a Web site that serves over a million page views a month, some of which display short extracts of news articles, with links back to the full text. On occasion those links lead back to stories appearing at the Web site of the Times.

So why (according to those publishers) am I trying to kill my beloved Times and its worthy brethren?

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