I sat in the same session and I left this comment on his site.
For me it sums up the problems for journalism
Some good points Andy and as you know my big concern is the sustainabilty of hyperlocal sites.
For all the talk of the journalist as an entrpreneur,there seemed little appetite yesterday to try and solve the basic problem of how to make money.
Instead it was worrying that the debates descended into arguments about the role of the citizen journalist(which should have been put to bed now) and the role of the BBC (over which we have little or no control).
The likes of Lichfield blog and Josh Halliday’s SR2 are great examples of hyperlocal innovation but to be sustainable they need to find a way of attracting certain and regular revenue streams )I think I am slipping into my former profession here) but it’s an important consideration.
The question I asked in the session about whether hyperlocal could survive on volunteers and dedicated individuals was answered spot on by Philip John (ie no way).
I start to get a bit angry at many of these conferences as a roomful of media people seem to get wrapped up in minute detail whilst failing to address the bigger picture
As Andy says
By the time we got to the ‘close the BBC and local newspapers will thrive’ stage I lost my patience
Andy made the comment which I tweeted
Shall we go back to letting the printers carry swords so that we can succeed by killing off the competition”.