Bob Cochnar, whom I worked with at the San Francisco Chronicle, invited me to join his Associated Press Managing Editors committee about the future of newspapers. Called the Year 2000 Committee, one of the goals of the group was to create a report for the 1989 APME convention in Des Moines. Here’s some of what Bob wrote in a note to committee members:
To borrow an idea from Phil Meyer, who pioneered the notion that research could also be a reporter’s and editor’s tool, I’d like to divide our work into several broad segments.
I. Things We Know For Sure About Newspapers in the Year 2000 and Beyond.
II. Things We Think We Know About Newspapers in the Year 2000 and Beyond.
III. Things We Need to Know About Newspapers in the Year 2000 and Beyond.
IV. A Summing Up: What We’ve Got to Do.
Somewhere, in some file is the report. Meanwhile, in this PDF, is some of the correspondence from committee members.
[Bob didn't put a date on his letter, so I'm guessing it was in fall of 1988.]