It'll be worth paying attention to the impact of Politico's offer to provide news content free to sites (and their papers) that, in turn, share online revenue from its national advertising.
This is the first major example of how a new economic model is emerging in syndication and services. Rather than subscribe to a service and sell advertising on your own, the service's content and advertising are provided and the outlet receives the editorial material free and a share of the ad revenue attached to that content.
In the U.S., a handful of news outlets are serving notice of displeasure with The Associated Press (the Newark Star-Ledger has started to publish without AP content, even though it's still in the cooperative, while a handful of other dailies have said they intend to leave when their contracts expire).
It will bear watching whether this move into a link economy will serve as a win-win.
Full disclosure: Our chain left The Canadian Press a year ago and redirected those funds into an enlarged Canwest News Service. Other international services, offset our loss of The AP, which has an exclusive contract with CP in Canada.