News: Is It Worth Anything in the Digital World?

The Landscape

The Internet is a vast sea of information. In that way, it is no different than the real world. In fact, the Internet is in some ways, a much more narrowly constrained, well defined set of information than exists in the real world.

I am interested in looking at the answer to the question "What sorts of news content and delivery will people in the digital world find valuable?". There are a variety of very nice sites giving out free news, and some which are paying for it. These sites are a good starting point at answering the burning question. However, it is quite likely that the structure of news organizations and news reporting itself will change, so to answer the question, I must define "news" very widely.

I am going to propose several criteria or characteristics of news delivery and content which are good ways at picking out what is of value to news readers and what is not.

Criteria