Tuesday, March 24, 2009

It's Hard to Be Objective When Newspapers Die

Dan Close writes:

Journalists are taught to be detached observers who chronicle the misfortunes of others. They report on our wars, our stock market crashes, our loss of faith and the senseless deaths of our children.

But like the death of a child, it’s hard to be objective about the death of a newspaper.

They pulled the plug on the Rocky Mountain News last month, and it hit a lot of newspaper folks hard in the gut.

You didn’t have to be in the newsroom that day in Denver to feel the trauma of 150 years of fine journalism and public service vanish overnight. You could experience it online, ironically, watching the paper’s Web site churn out compelling columns, video stories and historical reflections on the town and its longtime storyteller.


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