Friday, December 19, 2008

As newspapers implode, journalism is endangered

Ed Brayton writes:

The last few weeks have been unrelentingly bleak for newspapers. The Chicago Tribune has declared bankruptcy. The New York Times is mortgaging their building to raise cash. Hundreds of reporters and editors have been laid off by Gannett, Booth and other newspaper conglomerates. Closer to home, the Detroit News and Free Press are downsizing and will now only be printing and delivering papers three days a week. The Lansing State Journal is doing layoffs and buyouts.

Are we seeing the end of the era of the newspaper? And how did the business get to this point?


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