Sunday, July 12, 2009

Reflecting on the future of newspapers

Rekha Basu writes:

Recently, in the nation's capital, I toured the Newseum, a seven-story tribute to the major news events that have shaped our history, as recorded in the press while they happened: Sept.. 11, the fall of the Berlin Wall, bombings, assassinations, elections. You can watch history repeat itself in the coverage of celebrity deaths like Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, John Lennon and now Michael Jackson. Each day, you can monitor the front pages of newspapers across the country.

Yet along with the pride I felt in the industry I signed on to be a part of decades ago was a sense of foreboding. It's hard to be in a monument to the American newspaper when so many are struggling for their lives.

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