O' Reilly Radar's Nick Bilton pursues the newspaper-is-dying theme a bit differently. He cites technology and history and suggests that, while some papers will indeed die, others will simply morph into new and successful roles.
It's always been thus.
I can already see it in our own paper. Research is telling us, and others, that consumers prize the new media for the capacity to deliver instant bursts of information, for the technical superiority in sharing content, and for the visual and textual marriage.
But it's not as if the newspaper is left in the cold. Rather, the consumer (and there are fewer of them, but plenty nevertheless) wants the paper to provide reflection, context, depth, analysis, commentary and consumer contributions and feedback.
The aging cliche on this theme: The paper is the final edition of the Web site. But it's a little different than that, more of a meal than a snack and a food-share. I suspect Bilton's right: Newspapers will live, but tell stories differently.