Jerry Lanson, an Emerson College professor writing in Christian Science Monitor, exhorts newspapers to return to their roots as he evaluates the local situation with the ailing Boston Globe.
Lanson's prescription is fairly basic:
1. Stop giving readers the leftovers, yesterday's news.
2. Develop more material looking at the impact of policies.
3. Stop watching the elite, start watching the communities.
"Newspapers must look back to have a future. They need to reclaim their populist roots – roots that the Web increasingly controls."