The past decade has ushered in a wave of digital-only news businesses leveraging a multitude of crowdsourcing techniques: aggregation, blogging, and low-cost news gathering. Read a long-form piece on how traditional news companies got caught in a riptide of disruption.
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For most of the 20th century, any list of America's wealthiest families would include quite a few publishers generally considered to be in the "news business": the Hearsts, the Pulitzers, the Sulzbergers, the Grahams, the Chandlers, the Coxes, the Knights, the Ridders, the Luces, the Bancrofts - a tribute to the fabulous business model that once delivered the country its news.
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