Thursday, May 7, 2009

Senate hears a dim forecast for newspapers' future

One way to save some of the nation's struggling newspapers would be to let them become nonprofits similar to public broadcasting stations, a senator said Wednesday as editors and other journalists painted a grim future for daily print journalism.

"We need to save our community newspapers and the investigative journalism they provide," Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., told a subcommittee of the Senate's Commerce Committee.

Layoffs, closings and cutbacks have turned the nation's newspapers into an "endangered species" as readers and advertisers rush to Web sites, said Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., the subcommittee chairman.

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