Here's a great article from the Columbia Journalism Review. The story is actually about blogs, but includes some interesting observations from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies conference in San Francisco. We have an alternative newsweekly. Here's what was observed: "All the newspapers looked the same — same format, same fonts, same columns complaining about the local daily, same sex advice, same five-thousand-word hole for the cover story. The people were largely the same, too: all but maybe 2 percent of the city-slicker journalists in attendance were white; the vast majority were either Boomer hippies or Gen X slackers."