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.