There is no business model for killing print
I wish I could find it -- someone quipped earlier today in my Twitter stream that "there is no business model" for killing print. That's right.
When you see Newsweek packing it in, or a newspaper like the Seattle Post-Intelligencer killing its print component, it's not a victory of digital success over dead-tree failure. It's a symptom of a broader problem with the publication's business. Online-only is an escape plan, not a success track.
This is not to say there won't come a time when killing print makes positive business sense. But I'm not seeing that now. Consider Newhouse curtailing print frequency in many of its markets. It's not killing print outright; it's cutting costs. And it's opening the way for competition.