What model will work is anyone’s guess but what won’t work is blindingly obvious. The quickest way to irrelevancy for any media outlet is to engage in the petulant games that these Colorado newspapers have. If The Denver Post wants to take its internet ball and go home no one will notice and no one will care. The Denver Post will only succeed in hastening its own demise.
The newspapers don’t own the news and the sooner they figure this out the more likely it is that they’ll survive. And those that don’t learn to adapt will simply be relegated to history books and museums - relics of times past and Rockwell Americana.