From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
The media industry is a free market enterprise. It doesn't need and it doesn't "deserve" any financial assistance from the federal government. A free press is a constitutional right of every citizen. A press that takes money from the government will also be controlled by the government, making it no longer free. Journalism students don't need government assistance to learn their trade or get their degrees. The American people don't want to pay AmeriCorps members to learn how to dispense government propaganda. The print media will survive as long as it continues to be useful to the marketplace. When better forms of communication surpass it, then it will fail. That is not necessarily a bad thing, since innovation generally results in progress. One needs the same skills set to be an online journalist as required to be a print journalist. The government needs to stay out of the free press.