several years of nearly unchecked growth, several major news organizations
have decided it's time to tighten their online belts.
Among the companies cutting their staffs are CNN, which eliminated
100 Web positions after parent Time Warner merged with America Online.
The New York Times laid off 17 percent of its digital staff, and the
online magazine Salon.com laid off 20 percent of its employees.
Some news organizations say the online layoffs are part of an overall
restructuring effort, tying Internet divisions more closely with their
broadcast or print counterparts. But for many, the cuts come after years
of ballooning Web budgets and a slowdown in Internet advertising.
Will downsizing continue in the Internet news industry? Can news
sites make money? What will smaller news staffs mean for the quality
of content online?
David Talbot, chairman and editor-in-chief of Salon.com; Neil Budde,
editor and publisher of Wall Street Journal.com; and Hoag Levins, former
executive editor of crime site APBNews.com, now editor of AdAge.com,
the Web site of Advertising Age magazine, respond to your questions.