Newspaper Execs Band Together in Attempt to Save Industry

newspaper02.02.09.pngA group of newspaper executives is launching NewspaperProject.org, a Web site dedicated to sharing ideas about the future of the industry and promoting ways to save the dying medium.

“We acknowledge the challenges facing the newspaper industry in today’s rapidly changing media world,” Donna Barrett, president and CEO of Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc. and president of Southern Newspaper Publishers Association, said in a statement. “However, we reject the notion that newspapers — and the valuable content that newspaper journalists provide — have no future.”

Currently, the site features stories such as Newspaper Web Site Audience Rises Twelve Percent In 2008 and Time for Newspaper Folks to Fight Back! Here’s How .

Other organizers include Randy Siegel, president and publisher of Parade Publications, Brian Tierney, CEO and publisher of Philadelphia Media Holdings, and Jay Smith, former president of Cox Newspapers.

The Newspaper Project will also run ads in publications including Advertising Age, The New York Times and the Washington Post. You have to wonder who’s paying for the ads.