(Post..posting note: After giving this more thought, it would seem valid to make the distinction between local businesses’ advertisements, and say, distant-from-the-community ads. Still, the discussion of how advertisement might affect the reporting of community news is worthwhile, particularly as digital “content” is crashing straight into what has traditionally been called “news.”)
Or as one perspicacious reader of iLind.net put it:
The qualitative distinction between “news” and digital “content” is significant. News is something that is newsworthy – worthy of reporting to the public. Content is, well, just something, albeit high-definition-something. In fact, highly-defined news fits on paper just fine. Digital high-definition ‘content’ doesn’t. Confusing these two pursuits is perhaps something we’d do well to avoid.
Hmm, I guess it’s too late to tweak my poll, so to speak..