More about what newspapers aren’t learning from the music biz

[9 April 2009]

By Jason Gross

Sad to see that Associated Press now wants to blame Google for all the problems in the newspaper industry.  Luckily, a number of articles have pointed out that their anger is either stupidly misplaced or a distraction from their real problems (or why not just blame Craigslist for taking away their ad dollars, aka their life blood?).

Google and YouTube (which it owns) are both doing fine by striking deals and innovating, something that the news industry should be doing itself. 

Of course, some in the music industry also think YouTube is evil for not striking deals with labels and publishers who demand more money- i.e. Billy Bragg in this recent interview.

As this Paid Content article points out, there’s a lot that the news biz can learn from the music biz’s mistakes.  Whether they will or not remains to be seen.  If they don’t, they could turn into prima donna’s faster than the major labels have become, thanks to their own ignorance. Let’s hope that’s not the case with the news biz.  We need ‘em and you’re dreamin’ if you think online-only content is gonna fill all the gaps if they’re gone.

Published at: http://www.popmatters.com/pm/post/72903-more-about-what-newspapers-arent-learning-from-the-music-biz/