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You can see my comments when you are trolling my wall ;-) That sounds dirty. Anyway, this is a classic debate in journalism: Is our job to give people what they NEED or give people what they WANT. I think, with all of the change going on and not going on in the Jewish community, it would be difficult for anyone to know what "Jews" need. But what they want? That is difficult too. I attended an AJPA conference years ago (I believe you were not there that year) and the editors there -- all decision makers at their papers -- were frightened and suspicious of online news. These are the people who should decide what we need or what we want? In the end, I think a subscriber-based service would probably help smaller papers with websites, giving them fresh content without having to devote their own manpower. But you are right, the Big Three or so sites do not "need" the same service. My question is whether papers could pay enough to make the service cost effective for JTA. I think the answer is no.
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