In his blog, academic/author Mark Deuze discusses an interesting point about the transformation of the news industry: The impact of the workforce changes and the arrival of a "weightless" economy.
The meaning behind that: We are moving from producing fixed commodities in fixed places with permanent employees to one of more fluid ideas floating across platforms from portable contributors.
Thus, the "weight" of journalism is a component of the industry restructuring.
'Journalism is losing weight. Its weight is its workforce, and with that the remaining labor protections that still governed the profession. That is the real tragedy of the end of newspapers"