re: We do need them saved
"Truth is without newspapers there will be almost no real reporting of the kind we absolutely do need..."
D'ahh, c'mon. There's almost no real reporting in US newspapers _now_. Have you seen the New York Times lately? The mouthpiece of the rich and powerful, cheerleading for every goddamn' war or cracked-ass neoliberal economic scheme that comes down the pike. Two of their higher-profile reporters have been caught plagiarizing, faking stories and/or acting as state mouthpieces.
Myself, I live in Washington, DC, and we don't call the Washington Post "Pravda On The Potomac" for nothing.
US television "news" is down the toilet for sure -- I haven't regularly watched any TV "news" in nearly 20 years; when I want to find out what's happening in the US, I watch/read Al Jazeera -- but US newspapers aren't that much better.
"Law enforcement has no interest in anything that looks complicated, and will pointedly ignore the rich and powerful until it becomes too embarrassing to do so. The people that bring these stories into the open work for newspapers..."
I hate to break this to you, but these days -- at least in the US -- the job of "reporters" is to parrot the state/corporate line, avoid asking difficult questions, hide the truth whenever possible, and divert readers' attention to phony "issues" (like the recent "debt ceiling" soap opera). If you can get CSPAN where you are, try tuning in to a Presidential press conference and listen to the wussy-assed softball questions the "reporters" ask.
In some ways, the discussion of whether or not digital tablet editions and digital paywalls will save newspapers -- vis a vis the quality of the content -- is like the big buzz around the advent of digital/widescreen TV: there was a lot of huzzah about how crisp and clear and pretty the image is, but at the end of the day, it was still a 1080x720 digital hi-def telecast of Two And A Half Men.