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  •  David Simon... (7+ / 0-)

    was recently quoted as saying that the death of newspapers will lead to a boon in bureaucratic corruption (a subject I do consider him an expert on).  this makes sense to me.  can we really rely on blogs to expose local-level corruption?  

    •  Can we rely on print for "fair and balanced"? (1+ / 0-)
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      Isn't this one of the problems; the disgust with the cozy pandering already standard fair?  
      It's going to be different, but I think alot of journalists do what they do because they can't help it.  They are driven.  Like an artist has to make art.
      The will and the way stuff.

    •  Many local journalists (3+ / 0-)
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      714day, kurt, gooners

      Are not interested at all in challenging the local insiders, but instead are reliable stenographers for the local government, the chamber of commerce members, and especially their advertisers.

      I'm sure that there are places where journalism actually approaches some independent ideal, but it sure doesn't exist much in any place I've ever lived.

      No Real Housewives, but plenty of action at Orange County Progressive Come for the politics. Stay for dessert.

      by Aeolus on Wed Apr 15, 2009 at 08:43:13 AM PDT

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    •  Blogs are only one part of the equation (3+ / 0-)
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      There are real, true original news reporting outlets online. TPM, Pro Publica, Center for Independent Media. These aren't blogs. They're news outlets. And more of them will be founded, I predict, as newspapers shut down.

      I think there will be a flourishing both vertically and horizontally -- regional generalists and regional specialists.

      People have long realized the value of local coverage, and there will be a need created that will be filled. This is a transition time, particularly difficult. But when it all shakes out, I'm going to predict that many of the best local reporters are still going to be doing news -- online, not in a print newspaper.

      •  Only if they get paid. (4+ / 0-)
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        Aeolus, Shibboleths, kurt, zagrobelny

        And, sadly, that's not happening so far.

        My parents were both reporters with a respected local paper, the Eugene Register-Guard.  It was not a high paying job.  Fortunately, they've now retired, but they've seen some of their former colleagues, excellent reporters, opt to leave the profession and pursue higher paying jobs AS HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS rather than take the pay cuts that newspaper staff are now VOLUNTEERING to take to try and keep the local papers alive.

        I see a lot of self-congratulation of blogs on this thread, coupled with utopian views of the world, but the reality is that everyone needs to eat.  The demise of institutions which paid reporters to act as full-time investigators of local governments is something we should all be lamenting.  The demise of local papers not only removes a watchdog, but it weakens the power of local community groups who could use local papers to reach their communities and local blogs who could set an agenda that local papers might follow.  

        The true beneficiaries are local tv, which will still reach the passive viewers, not local blogs which require folks to seek them out.


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