From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
First, I am very sorry for any journalism group or individual who is in debt during this time. Many of us are struggling to make ends meet during this economic difficulty. Second, as a voting tax-paying citizen of the United States of America I do not now or ever endorse or support any legislation that would cause me to pay for journalism without first choosing that media source (newspaper, magazine, etc). I do not now or ever endorse or support any legislation to adapt, limit, or in any way change our Constitutional First Amendment Freedom of Speech. It is our one shining difference, our freedom to speak our minds without recrimination or fear. Third, instead of seeking to limit or force the taxpayers to bear yet another undue burden, let us learn to utilize the new resources at hand. Many have turned to the Internet already for inspiration and have begun using free sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to get the news directly to the people. Podcasting is easy to do and to deliver to the audience. Digital media is growing in popularity. It should be easy for anyone truly in the journalism business to keep up with the technology available, we do it in my middle school classroom. Don't force the tax-paying populace to support yet another bail-out while we struggle to keep our own heads above poverty.