From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
I work for a small family-owned weekly newspaper group. I am a "reporter/photographer." I am also strongly conservative, which makes me a minority in the realm of journalism. I see this as the first steps into state-controlled media, which is in direct opposition to what our founding fathers intended. Yes, our ad revenue is down. Is it due to internet competition? No. It is due to the economic downturn. Are our subscriptions down? A little, but we also gain new subscribers almost every week as we expand our coverage. In other words, my liberal bosses have figured out how to manage their own papers in such a way that they are bringing in new business. We do not need a government "bail-out." We also do not need any other form of government intervention. Yes, daily newspapers are in trouble, but smart "media organizations" are integrating internet content with their news coverage. Smart organizations will survive and yes...thrive...WITHOUT the "help" of the government. Those who don't will of course, perish. It's adapt or die, just as it has always been throughout history. Remember the words of Ronald Reagan: "The most terrifying words in the English language are, 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help'."