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  •  where do you live? (1+ / 0-)
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    in a major metro?  Local blogs can cover anything, but I don't believe that they will.  

    •  No, in Tacoma. (3+ / 0-)
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      sapper, gooners, Dbug

      Which is a pretty small city (about 200,000).  We do have a local paper, which I occasionally read.  We also have a weekly, and then there's a great weekly in Seattle (which I enjoy a lot more than our local daily).  We also have some good local blogs.  It's a mix.

      I realize that not every area, especially smaller areas, offers a quality local blog.  Yet.  But don't you think that's just a matter of time?  

      Please, President Obama, remember the ladies and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors.

      by Kaili Joy Gray on Wed Apr 15, 2009 at 08:38:12 AM PDT

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      •  Maybe, but I personally would rather... (2+ / 0-)
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        the local papers survive, or find a way to co-exist.  I don't mean to say that all newspapers do a great job at covering local issues, my point is more that they can fill that niche and could do a much better job at it.  Maybe they should concentrate on local issues, it might save them.

        •  Local blogs can replace citywide newspapers (0+ / 0-)

          I live in Seattle and the local NPR station, KUOW, did a great roundtable discussion about the death of newspapers.  One of the panelists said there are a bunch of local websites that are centered in neighborhoods (West Seattle, Capitol Hill, Ravenna, etc.).  So you'll read about someone who was mugged on the corner of Broadway and John.  Someone else went to a city council meeting.  Someone else writes a review of the new pizza restaurant where the Burger King used to be.  Someone raves about getting acupuncture at a local shop.  Someone else planted a garden and talks about which plants thrive in the local climate.  Someone is angry because the school board is closing down a school.

          So that's one thing that can happen if newspapers die.  By the way, the Seattle P-I discontinued their paper edition (leaving us with the Seattle Times), but then the P-I started a web-only newspaper.  And some ex-employees of the P-I started a different online newspaper.  Plus, we have two weekly newspapers (The Stranger and The Seattle Weekly).  One of them is owned by the Village Voice and the other one isn't.  Both of them send reporters to the city council meetings.

          Plus, I read various magazines, and I check Daily Kos and the NY Times and Huffpost on the internet almost every day.  Maybe once a week I'll look at the online Salon, Slate, The Onion, The New Yorker, Harpers, The Atlantic.  Heck, sometimes I'll even see what's on Drudge or Rush Limbaugh's execrable website.

          I don't feel like I have a shortage of news in Seattle (as long as I pay my cable company to give me high-speed cable access).

          There are only two kinds of people in the world: People who think there are two kinds of people and people who don't.

          by Dbug on Wed Apr 15, 2009 at 09:33:19 AM PDT

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          •  Journalist (1+ / 0-)
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            almost all newspapers, wire services, television news, and radio news operations hire only college graduates and expect prior experience in journalism, either at a student publication or through an internship.

            Does training and experience count for anything?

            Free University and Health Care for all, now. -8.88, -7.13

            by SoCalHobbit on Wed Apr 15, 2009 at 10:32:18 AM PDT

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      •  Your "pretty small city" (3+ / 0-)
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        is bigger than the largest city in South Carolina. I care less about the fate of newspapers, but for right now in our area, where computers are rare, let alone bloggers, newspapers still serve a vital purpose.

        These weeklies and small down (30,000 and under) dailies are vital, and yet they are failing. If newspapers go, the dark ages will once again rein supreme in the South.

        "Half of the American people never read a newspaper. Half never vote for President. One hopes it is the same half." - Gore Vidal

        by sapper on Wed Apr 15, 2009 at 09:28:53 AM PDT

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