From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
Journalism is dead, thanks to the very media outlets you seek to save with these silly ideas. Responsible journalists have thrown objectivity and ethics out the window to become propagandists and stenographers for the government. We know little or nothing about the man who is now president thanks to the news media and their unwillingness to investigate politicians with whom they philosophically agree. Journalists are liberals, so they take sides in news coverage while pretending to be unbiased. The American people are not stupid. They see this and they don't like it, so they reject it and newspapers lose subscribers. The reason they are losing is content. If newspapers actually produced news, asked tough questions, and stopped fawning over our president and his leftist agenda, readers would take them seriously. The remedy is not to subsidize news (which will only make the problem worse since journalists will then be directly beholden to government for their existance) but to let the market decide their fates. The organizations that continue to chase rumor, report polls as news, and propaganda as fact will die out. Outlets that return to their former purpose, who speak truth to power and dig for answers rather than spouting spin, will thrive.