Just read about the Christian Science Monitor's decision to shift production from a daily format to online only (see: http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/1029/p25s01-usgn.html for details). As more print outlets cut staff, will we see additional major papers shift to online distribution? And how will these entities make money (advertising, subscriptions, or a combination)?
Other issues involve how the information generated will be archived ... since they'll be publishing online only, how will we be able to track different versions of an article ... will there be an "article of record" for each online publisher? This will certainly have an impact on companies involved in media monitoring or reputation management or market research. Should be interesting to see how the traditional online search services react ... how will they index the content from these online only publications?
Should be interesting to follow ... the Christian Science Monitor wasn't the first to go totally online, and certainly they'll have company as traditional publishers move to web-only.