Friday, June 5, 2009

"The End of Local News?" It's Anybody's Guess, Really

Lee Gardner writes:

Journalists love a good story, especially about journalism. A significant fraction of the audience that filed into the University of Maryland's Westminster Hall in downtown Baltimore Tuesday evening for a symposium titled "The End of Local News? If Communities Lose Newspapers, Who Will Fill the Void?" pulled out pens and notebooks or circled the rows of chairs with cameras, clicking away. As the discussion, put on by UM's Philip Merrill College of Journalism, proceeded, panelist Jayne Miller asked how many people in the audience used to work in at The Baltimore Sun. It's safe to say that much of the rest of the audience raised a hand.

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