What I've read today:
- Electronic-reader-maker Plastic Logic, which will announce content partners Feb. 9, says Hearst is not among them, which means neither is the dying Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Hearst is an investor in the eInk technology that Plastic Logic employs. (Crosscut)
- An excellent example of citizen journalism providing the kind of story you might find in a newspaper's Sunday magazine: Southeast Seattle resident John Hoole writes about the randomness of neighborhood boundaries and neighborhood character. (Rainier Valley Post)
- Blogger Alan Mutter explains why newspaper owners with crushing debt service aren't about to junk the presses and go online-only. I don't see this as refutation of the viability of online-only economics, though he seems to; it does explain, however, that in the case of papers like the Los Angeles Times, it's not as simple as covering the newsroom payroll. (Reflections of a Newsosaur)
New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller has news for doomsayers (New York Times):
... we've fared better than our competitors. We remain profitable. (The printed newspaper makes money all by itself. The Web site adds another increment of profit.) The cash flow necessary to pay our bills — despite some of the nonsense you may have read elsewhere — is not about to run dry any time soon.