Kevin: The Spokesman-Review in Spokane Washington has always been a forward thinking newspaper, and now they are one of the first smaller newspapers that I know of starting to develop topic pages. Ryan Pitts, The Spokesman-Review's senior editor for digital media, described them as a local Wikipedia. It is hoped that the topic pages have a longer life than typical episodic news stories and that they would gain audience and inbound links and provide the opportunity for revenue.
Kevin: Salon CEO Richard Gingras talks traffic and subscriptions on the iPhone and Android. They expect to charge for the apps but not for subscriptions. Regarding the iPad, he says: "I think the iPad is a fatal distraction for publishers. They have this view that it will save them and help bring back the old model. That’s not going to happen." I couldn't agree more.