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Four key questions that will determine the future of news

on March 10, 2014

Gigaom

Despite the recent flurry of activity like Jeff Bezos buying the Washington Post and investing in Business Insider, Pierre Omidyar starting First Look, Flipboard’s acquisition of Zite, and new products like Facebook Paper and Yahoo News Digest, fundamental questions remain about the future of news:

1. How will news products grow and retain large 7-day-a-week customer bases?
2. How will news products make money?
3. How will news products address the content discovery problem?
4. What’s the demarcation between the future of publishers and next-gen news product companies?

If we examine what’s working in consumer products and news more broadly, we can make educated guesses about some of these questions and get a sense of where the future of news is headed.

How will news products grow and retain large 7-day-a-week customer bases?

Publishers have struggled to keep pace as the tides of distribution shifted from portals like AOL and…

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