Post contributed by Jonathan Guess -
John Paton took control of MediaNews Group and had visions to make his papers profitable in other ways than going digital like many papers have. It would seem that Paton has used some kind of magic to get his papers to make profits again, which rose almost 200 percent in his first year at the helm in 2009.
Paton has become known as a great media thinker. He issued Flip cameras to all reporters at Journal Register papers, helped create a newsroom cafe that's open to the community in Torrington, Conn., and has been pushing to dumb ancient proprietary newsroom software in favor of free, Web-based publishing tools. He financed a lab to foster employee innovation, and the company has formed partnerships with a number of Web companies to provide news and information.
We should expect to see this trend flowing through the rest of the country's papers. Reducing cost and thinking outside of the box when it comes to generating revenue has made men like Paton hot commodities in the news world, a sign that papers may still have a chance if the right people are chosen to lead them.
Source - Newspapers' Digital Apostle, NYTimes.com