It’s a little odd that Flash Goddess Mindy McAdams tweeted a link to this story about the rise and fall of the Las Vegas Sun while I’m in, of all places, Las Vegas. Worth a read.
My initial reaction is similar to what I thought of Curley’s work in Florida and Washington – one model won’t work everywhere. What was very successful in Kansas and Florida because of the community ties wasn’t going to work in suburban Washington or Las Vegas. The sense of community in each of those places is very different and a site has to be able to comprehend and react to those differences.
But I think what they tried was brilliant – we have to accept that some great ideas will fail as we rework journalism.