Will's fanpost on Bill Simmon's take on the decline of sports journalism made me wonder about the future of The Star (and all local newspapers).
I don't see any hope for The Star. It doesn't know how to make money on the web and its fixed costs are enormous. Every year fewer people want to pay for its content.
Some have mentioned partnerships with local news stations, but I don't see how the business model works. Those presses and all those reporters/columnists cost a lot of money. And I think we all agree we get better coverage of the Royals from this site and others.
I think The Star and every non-national newspaper is doomed. Even assuming bankruptcy and massive restructuring, how is the Star supposed to make money when everyone can get pretty much the same coverage for free? I don't think enough people care about local school board shenanigans to make The Star viable.
I guess it's sad, but at least I know the Wall Street Journal will always be around.