My paper route had about 45 customers along a rural lane in upstate New York. Among the things I learned first hand: the drudgery and cost of getting a bundle of newsprint on the stoops of private homes every afternoon. Today newspapers still have that problem, but in this digital age it pales in comparison to a broken business model that has many urging newspapers to become non-profit charities.
The idea of non-profit news may be new to some, but among us old press hands it is old news. The 163-year-old Associated Press and The St. Petersburg Times (Florida) are non-profits.