The great value of the Web is its capacity to link.
The medium suffers from a lack of portability of paper and a screen's lines of definition (and transmission speed) makes it a weaker version of television's video source. But as a medium to connect and collaborate, it has no peer.
What beguils newsrooms is how to best capitalize on the so-called link economy. The competitive nature of media (as in, we're the only ones who matter) often restrains them from linking to others.
But Scott Karp and Jeff Jarvis have weighed in recently with pieces that identify the missed opportunities for media in the link economy. They suggest that there are important audiences to connect and revenue to acquire. Indeed, the link economy might be a clue to the transition of conventional media into business models that thrive in a digital age.