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  •  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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      kurt

      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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