Monday, March 9, 2009

The Danger Behind the Decline of Newspapers

Considering all the layoffs, downsizes and cutbacks reported in the news these days, it's not surprising to learn that the news itself is being cut back.

According to Joe Samuel Starnes, visiting assistant professor of English at Saint Joseph's University, "You don't have to look far to see struggling businesses, but newspapers have been going down for a while because of the loss of advertising revenue and readership."

In response to the newspaper industry's decline, he said, "It's concerning because our democracy needs good journalism, and newspapers have supplied and supported a majority of our country's high-quality reporting in the past. If they go away, I don't know if blogs or news sites will be able to replace that."

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