What Are We Saving Here?

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From The Nation:

The Internet and blogosphere, too, depend in large part on “old media” to do original journalism. Web links still refer readers mostly to stories that first appeared in print. Even in more optimistic scenarios, no one has a business model to sustain digital journalism beyond a small number of self-supporting services. The attempts of newspapers to shift their operations online have been commercial failures, as they trade old media dollars for new media pennies. We are enthusiastic about Wikipedia and the potential for collaborative efforts on the web; they can help democratize our media and politics. But they do not replace skilled journalists on the ground covering the events of the day and doing investigative reporting. Indeed, the Internet cannot achieve its revolutionary potential as a citizens’ forum without such journalism.

This is true.

I have a random thought that came from this article. It doesn’t really have a lot to do with anything in particular but I want to ask.

What are we saving? News or News Organizations? Why can’t we, I include myself here, just recognize the platform has changed, that’s all.

Journalists just need to adjust where their product is going to be. The blogosphere needs us, we just need to get out of this dark age with new ideas of where we do our craft.

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  1. Craig McGill said March 24, 2009 | Permalink

    I don’t think it’s so much a case of where to do the craft and graft, but more a case of who’s going to pay for the graft?

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