Newspaper alumnus and digital-age consultant Steve Yelvington adds his voice to last week's essay on journalistic upheaval by Clay Shirky (and the response by Philip Meyer).
In Yelvington's view, there's a lot of hyperbole out there about the death of newspapers. Most remain profitable, if not at their earlier levels, and they stand to be around for a long time.
He argues newspaper companies had many opportunities to invest properly in their future well-being and didn't. But that doesn't mean it's game-over.
"How long and how well newspapers and professional journalists persist in our future will be determined in part by how well they identify new ways to play socially valuable roles. As journalists, we must adapt to a world where we share information power with activists, businesses, and the people formerly known as the audience," he writes.