I don't think an online newspaper can even begin to replace the dead tree version, but The New York Times has a story today that does make the nonprofit web-based alternative seem a little less ridiculous.
The online paper in San Diego, which has gotten lots of attention, has all of 11 staff members. That's less than The Bristol Press has for a city far, far smaller.
On the other hand, San Diego has a big daily newspaper, a bunch of television and radio stations and probably a host of weeklies and monthlies as well.
Bristol has, well, just the Press, really.
So perhaps there's room for an online newspaper, run as a ordinary business with an extraordinary mission or as a nonprofit with a goal of serving the public.
I'm interested in hearing from anyone who has any ideas -- to save the paper as it is, to shrink the paper and keep it in print, to make the Press online only, to form something new, whatever.
What's most important is to make sure that something remains to keep people informed, because the worst alternative is for Bristol to wake up on January 13 and find nothing at all.*******
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