What none of the speakers mention is that the future of news will be determined by advertisers. It is clear that the large newspapers can generate traffic on web sites, but will they be able to earn enough to support the news-gathering operation? It's easy to say, "There will always be a print product, but if there isn't, it's ok because it will be on the web." Unless consumers want to pay for news, which has been low cost and now is free, the advertisers must support it, and to get that support, the industry has to deliver eyeballs. The advertiser must also be willing to pay a fair price. The Internet model so far has not produced enough revenues for anyone to support a newsroom.
Worry, too, about the AP, the largest news-gathering organization in the world. If newspapers shrink or disappear, where does the AP get its income?