From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age? #544505-00761

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Jason Reynolds
The Daily Post-Athenian
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From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
I am a long-time newspaper reporter. I protest the idea of government getting involved with newspapers. That would be a serious blow to journalistic integrity and freedom of the press. Here is a portion of a blog I have written on this concept: "Newspapers – especially in small towns — already fight a battle against giving in to advertisers’ pressure, whether it’s for photographing a silly ribbon-cutting or not running a story that might make an industry look bad. Can you imagine bureaucrats and image-crazed elected officials standing still for a newspaper shining the light of truth on their doings? I have witnessed a number of things at government meetings that officials would love to cover up, and government having fiduciary power over a newspaper will ensure that information never sees the light of day. This document says to not worry about government funding for newspapers, drawing a comparison to public television funding. Well, I have news for them – public TV’s content is a controversial topic, and efforts have been made to censor it. Now imagine efforts being made to censor newspapers. Nor are taxes an answer. Do you really want to pay taxes to support a private enterprise? I trust the cleverness and experience of my colleagues to start making money once again from print advertising. People have been calling for the death of newspapers via the Internet for years now, as they once did with the advent of television news and before that, the advent of radio news."