There should be an image here!With newspapers continuing to swirl around the proverbial toilet financially, making sure that they are able to compete in the online space is no longer a nice idea – it’s critical.

As news came down the line of TownNews adopting the hnews format, I suddenly found myself wondering why this matters to the reader? Looking into the matter a bit deeper, I found that in truth, all that is being offered is a consistent read. Little more than that.

Yes, it means very little to the reader. But it matters to the publisher as this translates into seeking to meet with open standards, which in the end is actually good for everyone. And with TownNews supporting the online operations for something like 1500 newspapers online, standards are becoming increasingly important in this highly competitive environment.