One of journalists’ favourite drinking games is “Save the industry.” How it’s played: journalists get together for drinks and eventually the talk turns to the state of the newspaper industry and how to save it. One sip for every suggestion that newspapers need to offer more in-depth coverage; one sip for every time someone says the answer is to go “hyperlocal;” three sips for every time someone says newspapers need to erect “paywalls” (and every corresponding phrase that is some approximation of “you can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube”). Down your drink for every time someone says “stop killing trees, go online.”
One well-known and respected newspaper that has stopped killing trees and gone online is the Christian Science Monitor. This is an analysis of how that is working.