It's really no secret that traditional print news is dying a slow or painful death. Just last month, Newsweek ended its 70 year affair with newsprint. Rumors are circulating the Guardian in the UK is considering a digital-only approach to news. Others are trying to make cash on both print and digital by constructing pay-walls.
Because these businesses wrestle with the problems of the past, faster and leaner news sources like the Huffington Post are creating news at less expensive. This model is set to squeeze the lifestyle from the average hack, reducing both their income and potentially the quality of the news they're able top produce.
In stark contrast, this leaner 'freelance' model is attracting thousands of "aspiring journalists", in a position to "give it a go". Citizen journalism is with an unrelenting growth trajectory since it's been free from the shackles of getting to possess a printing press along with a truck delivery network.
As a result the amount of news stories is increasing much like the number of news outlets. This presents a unique challenge for consumers of news. Aggregators for example Google has witnessed their news site pose a real threat to national news publishers. In france they government is trying to get Google to pay for linking to French news content.
Matt Drudge is reputedly 1bn (yes one BILLION) page views monthly simply by aggregating the best of the web's news on the simple site.
And so copy-cat sites such as www.fastpages.co.united kingdom has emerged use a Drudge-like service specifically to some UK audience.
After just 4 weeks of operation, Fastpages is enjoying 100,000 unique visitors monthly and its twitter feed (www.twitter.com/fastpagesUK) has 30,000 followers. Fastpages gives UK readers a "British-Agenda" on the" best-of-the-news", selecting not only the best news stories hourly on the internet, but people with a high amount of relevance to UK audiences.
Fastpages continues to be born within the digital age with a business model that does not require it to struggle with expensive overheads nor the need to create a paywall.
The trend for more stories and more sites to visit to obtain those news stories will see the necessity increase for aggregators such as Fastpages .
It gains traffic also it drives traffic to news sources. The news appears after which it is going around.
One of those "circle-of-life" kind of things where everyone benefits.