Saturday, March 21, 2009

A day without newspapers?

Comfort Dorn writes:

The first folks to notice would obviously be the newsprint junkies (myself included) who can't start the day without at least two papers at the breakfast table. Whether we read them for hard-hitting investigative reporting or Sudoku and Dear Abby, that would be a major loss.

The loss to the rest of the population would be subtler, but no less severe.

It's a not very well-kept secret that radio, TV and bloggers rely on newspapers to do a lot of their heavy lifting, especially when it comes to investigative reporting. When I watch the local evening news, I see stories pulled from press releases (I get those same releases), blood-and-guts stuff from the police scanner (ditto) and a rehash of the morning's front page.

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