Lean and mean, newspapers now positioned to rebuild Recommended listening. "Fresh Air" interview with Alex S. Jones, director of the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government and part of a fourth generation family-owned media company based in the upper East Tennessee town of Greeneville that owns newspapers, radio stations and other media products.Probably most newspapers in this country are making a profit now, a modest operating profit. ... If the economy improves and if some resources come flowing back along with some advertising, they are going to be in a position to rebuild, rebuild both in terms of their journalistic muscle and on their digital side. And I think that is going to be essential if they are going to survive.-- Alex S. JonesThe Tennessee journalist, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, has a new book coming out, "Losing the News: The Future of the News That Feeds Democracy (Institutions of American Democracy) "He talks about the family business, including pressures on his family to sell the business when newspapers values were at their peak, the general state of the news business and what is happening to journalism.One interesting note: As part owner of a small town papers, Jones says he doesn't buy the journalism trend toward "hyperlocal content." He says readers want serious news.There's a lot of good insights about the newspaper business and journalism in this audio interview. Previous entry Next entry Comment Tyler August 26, 2009 11:46 PM New inventions such as the Amazon Kindle and other e-readers will be a help as well long-term I think. That is, if the manufacturers can get the cost of these e-readers down (and they will). Reply Post a Comment Reply to comment Comments (You may use HTML tags for style) Name Email Address URL Remember personal info? Captcha:Type the characters you see in the picture above.