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World without newspapers

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by Rick Ackerman Posted March 3, 2009

Original title: Imagine a World Without Newspapers

PRINT NEWS IS DYING, and we shouldn’t kid ourselves that the Internet will somehow replace it. In the last week alone, the 150-year-old Rocky Mountain News folded and the San Francisco Chronicle was talking about a possible bankruptcy. Nearly every large paper in the country could be gone within three to five years. The trend is unstoppable, and it threatens to drastically limit the quality and variety of news that we receive and have come to depend on each day. Many Americans evidently think they’ll be able to get their news from the Web and that the death of newspapers is no big deal. In fact, it is a very big deal, since nearly all of the news published online is gathered and written the old-fashioned way – i.e., by a vast, global network of reporters employed by brick-and-mortar newspapers.

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Written by aurick

06/03/2009 at 2:53 pm