We in the newsroom should have no illusions. Our entire purpose is to fill the "news hole," which is the space left over after the advertisements have been placed on the page.
That's the fact that underlies Seinfeld's comical observation: "It's amazing that the amount of news that happens in the world every day always just exactly fits the newspaper."
It's all driven by advertising.
If newspapers serve the public, that is a happy side effect of the first goal of making money. And indeed, serving the public is wholly contingent on making money.Read the full column at the link below:
Theodore Dawes: The Fall of Journalism