Yes, says Leonard Downie and thus the government should subsidize newspapers.
No, says Howard Gleckman, no business should be subsidized, apparently never having heard of public goods, externalities, and the like.
Regardless, Gleckman may be right about papers, at least in their current form. Perhaps the answer is not to subsidize newspapers, but journalism itself. How to do so is a challenge that I have no good answer for because journalism is so immediate, competitive grants and the like are not really reasonable.