We’re seeing the same happen here in the UK with local papers. Most news stories appear online but the sites are horrendous and filled with pop-ups that ruin the reading experience. I tend to resort to Twitter and even Facebook to hear local news — that’s fine for me, but what about older members of our communities who want to know the stories but aren’t digital natives? They’re being failed.
I think perhaps a Netflix style subscription to local newspapers may be the answer, particularly if libraries allowed access on their computers. We’d be returning to the age of the Reading Room where people went after work to find out the day’s news, but that’s no bad thing.
It’s an interesting problem.