27 juni 2003
"For the newspaper industry, the time has come at last to put up or shut up about broadcast cross-ownership. Like claim jumpers ahead of a land rush, many chains and independent papers had already declared their strategic intentions in the months, even years, before the bitterly divided Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted June 2 to eliminate the ban on common ownership of a daily newspaper and TV or radio stations in about 180 of the nation's 210 DMAs (designated market areas)."
"Using in-print and online techniques, newspaper leaders can: document their journalists' work for all to see; open up to a greater degree the lines of two-way communication between journalists and readers, and editors and readers; and utilize the public's knowledge to better identify and correct reporting and editing errors. "
"Weisberg attributes these successes to improved market conditions, but also to an aggressive expansion of Slate's content. In the last year, Slate has added a regular TV columnist and music feature, as well as increased its coverage of technology and business. But Weisberg also emphasizes that Slate has survived because it has always been "cheap," operating on a shoestring even through the heyday of the Internet boom."