Here’s an interesting little dilemma, in a circle of newspaper life sort of way. Where will Google get its news if there is no more news being reported because the rise of Google News has resulted in the shuttering of all the newspapers that gather the news in the first place? Here’s the thing, Google gets most of its news from the AP, the AP, according to a spot check survey done by Allan Mutter, gets two thirds of its news from member newspapers, which, as FBNY readers know all too well are a quickly dying breed. Meaning that the AP is going to be hard-pressed to comprehensively gather news as papers continue their steep decline into oblivion.
The solution? Mutter suggests that the AP could hire more reporters (there’s plenty of former Tribune and WaPo ones available, we hear) to make up for the lack, but of course that would require money, which no one has. We suspect what will probably happen is that eventually, as newspapers disappear altogether, someone will figure out how to make a profit online and everything will eventually transition. In the meantime, there’s always Mayhill Fowler.