Sunday, February 1, 2009

All the news that's fit to fund

John Honderich writes:

Whither serious print journalism?

Five years ago, such a question might have intrigued only news junkies. Today it should concern us all.

That same five years ago, newspapers were still flourishing. While the Internet was making its mark, there was no talk of print Armageddon. Yet today the industry is in turmoil. Cutbacks and layoffs are the order of the day, and some are questioning whether newspapers will be around. Indeed, some aren't. Some are only online; others don't publish Mondays anymore.

While there is much talk of the decline of the newspaper industry, yet to occur in Canada is a serious dialogue on the effect of this decline on serious print journalism.

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