A friend this week suggested that we each come up with a list of the characteristics that will define the local newspaper of 2012. Or maybe 2015. In any case, I'm more partial to the idea of coming up with characteristics likely to define the country's professional news organizations three to five years from now. (Parsing "newspaper" and "news org," assuming the distinction will fade.)
Nothing too complicated. Just a starting point for the conversation.
So I'll begin at the beginning. Expect my list here soon. Offer your own in the meantime, if you like.