Mercenary Newspaper Reporting

The internet is killing the newspaper industry. They have had to refocus their operations. Another causality of that is the loss of a foreign office. If you create a vacuum some one will see the need and fill that need. That person for newspapers is the veteran journalist Charles Sennott. He used to work for a newspaper the Boston Globe but starting on Monday he works for his own company. fires out of the gate on January 12 covering 50 countries with 65 journalists, who are some pretty hard hitters from the industry. There will be free content but they will sell ads and stories for newspapers to print. The idea is to have a network of writers who live in the places they write and who can deliver the stories from the ground. Places like Brazil and Indonesia, China and India and other uncovered areas by American media. The venture is not without capitalist intervention. Those investors, who have put up $8.2 million, include former Boston Globe Publisher Benjamin Taylor and Paul Sagan, CEO of Akamai Technologies Inc. Although the company plans to run at a loss for close to three years this is a bold step and a battle against the giant AP infrastructure.

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I won’t be told anymore
That I’ve been brought down in this storm
And left so far out from the shore
And I can’t find my way back, my way anymore
W. Axl Rose Madagascar (2008)

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