Russ Stanton got his job as chief editor of the L.A. Times because he was the golden child of the internet, a guy who could bring the paper into the future. And with Mediabistro, he talks about that future and how no newspaper will be involved at all!
For us, I think that for now, our core base of readers are the baby boomers, and I think that we’ve got at least another 35-year run in print. On the other hand, someone, somewhere is going to grow the revenue from online enough that it can support a newsroom of our size and talent. And when that happens, that’s when you can start, if you so choose, to pull the plug on the paper. If you have the revenue to pay for the journalism, you can eliminate the print. I mean, the people are only half of the cost — the stuff that costs so much are the paper and the presses you need to print the darn thing. But I don’t see that happening around here in my lifetime.