Thursday, April 23, 2009

News Industry Insiders Criticize Newspapers, Propose Remedies

The day after 10 news organizations received journalism's highest honor, the Pulitzer Prize, debate at Tuesday's House Judiciary subcommittee session ranged from proposals for saving the industry to identifying failures of modern journalists.

But politicians and witnesses, mostly industry representatives, agreed that the importance of journalism and its watchdog role remains undiminished despite financial straits caused by falling advertising revenues and decreasing print subscriptions.

"Huge actual layoffs of journalists as well as threatened closures of towns' only daily are a major threat to democracy," said C. Edwin Baker, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. "When people are reading newspapers, corruption goes down."

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