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The death of newspapers

Posted on | August 30, 2006 | 1 Comment

There’s a lot to chew on regarding this week’s Economist cover story “Who Killed the newspaper?” I have a number of comments to make, but it’ll wait until tomorrow at the earliest as my day job awaits.

I pulled this quote from the leader, which is something really worth pondering:

In future, as newspapers fade and change, will politicians therefore burgle their opponents’ offices with impunity, and corporate villains whoop as they trample over their victims?

You have to wonder…. today’s newspapers long ago lost the resources or the guts to spend time, money and effort breaking big stories. Most are owned by very large corporations fed by very big advertisers. For that matter, so are broadcast media who haven’t practiced serious journalism since the 1970s. A lot of interesting reportage is coming out of small town papers and, surprise, documentaries.

Investigative journalism seems to have gone the way of basic research in the States. Downhill. No one seems to have the time or the balls or the wisdom to make an investment in looking into something that may or may not pan out.

Well, like I said there’s more to be said. Stay tuned.

The Economist’s leader is linked to above; the main story is here.

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One Response to “The death of newspapers”

  1. Kerry McClenahan
    August 31st, 2006 @ 12:59 pm

    I thought of you when I read this story earlier this week. I thought the section on newspapers turning to alternative businesses in which they leverage the “asset” of their readers by providing products or services unrelated to news was intriguing – and a little depressing. The ongoing debate over how to approrpriately meld online and print properties shows me that the answers continue to be clear as mud. I look forward to hearing more of your thoughts about this piece.

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