Saturday, February 14, 2009

To all those who love newspapers

Kathy English writes:

Within the newspaper industry, we've long been mired in what a columnist for Editor& Publisher magazine describes as "full-fledged panic mode." Over the past year, such hand-wringing about the future of newspapers – and journalism itself – has become part of the daily conversations in newsrooms.

But in recent days, this industry angst went mainstream, becoming a matter of mass conversation and major importance to those who understand that quality journalism – information citizens need to make important decisions – matters to a vital democracy.

Isaacson's Time article this week ignited much debate. And for those of us who don't need narcotic ink to feed our newspaper addiction, Isaacson offered more sober food for thought on how to save newspapers – stop giving journalism away for free on the Internet.

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