If you stand back and look at the landscape, the new business model will be digital form only (maybe for these particular newspapers...in less than 2 years). In general, I’ll predict that half of newspapers in the US will go digital only by 2025.
Those of you who want the print format, are basically screwed. They will accelerate this by offering a Tab or E-book as part of the deal.
Part of their problem (I said this in the 1990s already), that they are limiting or marginalizing local and state news to a degree. If you go and look at various metropolitan regions....it’s rare that they cover the mayor or city council in an investigative situation or offer criticism over what the city is doing.
Another issue is that you can get more real news locally now....via your local TV stations. I could see some newspapers partnering up or teaming up....with the local stations, and saving on cost.
Local TV stations are also becoming obsolete as streaming TV over the internet grows.
Broadcast TV is a special dinosaur breed