Death of news?

I just read an interesting piece on the death wheeze of the newspaper industry.  I agree with Schonfeld’s generalization that disgruntled workers spent too much time looking for someone to blame when they could have been exploring new innovations.  While I don’t feel overly sympathetic towards the newspapers, I do fear the rising reliance on feeds and “headlines only” news consumption. 

I enjoy reading a well-written story on a regional issue.  Even more, I count on local reporters to follow their beats and blow their metaphorical whistles when the community needs to be informed.  Newspapers provide a public service.  Clearly, that service could easily be continued and improved with the incorporation of Web 2.0 technologies.  The problem is that many of the best examples of these public service require expertise on the issue, a lengthy list of contacts, extensive research and fees for lawyers and public records.   With newspapers dying, who is going to go out and report on the tough stories?  And, more importantly, who is going to pay for them to do it?


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by janesylee on April 12, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    I don’t think the job of reporting the ‘tough stories’ is one that can only be handled by newspapers. Wire services often have reporters with said lengthy contact lists and expertise on a multitude of issues, and are equally capable of analytical features. The real question lies in your fear about headlines consumption- i.e. with the rise of online journalism, which arguably caters to aforementioned skim-readers, who is going to READ the tough stories?


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