Thursday, March 12, 2009

Why Are Newspapers Dying?

Pam Miles writes:

Newspaper owners' allegiance is to the corporate bottom line, not the readers' interest, not cities that depend on the paper as a source of community news, and not our democracy that depends on a robust press.

The viral video of the closing of The Rocky Mountain News (or "The Rocky,") just days before its 150th anniversary exemplified the priorities of these big conglomerates:

"They don't have to do this, everybody knows the arithmetic. We get the annual reports; several parts of their company [E.W. Scripps Co.] are doing very well. The Rocky [Mountain News] had a tough year, they decided to walk away. Basically my feeling is, they quit on us, they quit on everyone in the newsroom."

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