From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age? #544505-03464

Submission Number:
544505-03464
Commenter:
Patricia Rucker
State:
West Virginia
Initiative Name:
From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
I believe that you are looking for answers on how to help media and news agencies. My father worked for Agence France Press for his entire life and I can tell you that the best thing that can be done is to let the free market work. Essentially, stay out of it. The agencies that give the customers what they want will do well and the ones that don't will eventually go bankrupt. The role of the FTC is not to prop up or help failing media. Instead, your charter had to do with regulating and ensuring civility. Do not interfere in the failure because it will cause you to be targeted as part of the problem. I, for one, have stopped subscribing to newspapers and listening to media outlets which are so biased as to completely ignore news that does not support its viewpoints. That is not the job of news agencies. They are supposed to report the news and leave it up to us to interpret it the way we wanted. If you want to prop up anything, prop up the free market and encourage more competition between agencies. Sincerely, Patricia Rucker