Dear Newspapers: You Don't Have A Monopoly On Local News Coverage
from the neglect-it-at-your-own-risk dept
In talking about business models for the newspaper industry, one point is often discussed: that newspapers are uniquely positioned to provide really good and thorough “local” news coverage. And while they often do a superficial job, in many cases they really don’t provide as useful or as thorough coverage as they could. And that’s opened up the market to others — both big and small. We’ve seen a bunch of stories about various “hyperlocal” startups growing up. But, it need not be startups. BullJustin (who, btw, was the fastest on the trigger and was the very first buyer of our CwF + RtB store) alerts us to a story about how sports giant ESPN is moving in a big way into local sports coverage, hoping to take attention away from newspapers who could use some competition on the beat. Funny then that, as we’re being told that there’s no business model to support beat writers, ESPN seems to be finding an increasing need for them.