From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
There is no problem for journalism to thrive in the internet age: the internet ENHANCES journalism simply by making information of all types easily accessible by anyone, anywhere. A journalists' job is aided by the ease of information access, so there will be MORE JOURNALISTS as a result of this fantastic tool. Also, the journalist's audience is increased for the same reason: their work can be accessed by anyone, anywhere, and is not confined to a local newspaper or a specific genre of magazine, for example. Any interested person can find the articles by typing in appropriate keywords, and so journalism is more widely available than ever. It is only a natural progress--if we evolve from physical newsmedia to electronic newsmedia, so be it. The changes will go through an adjustment period, just as with any industry that experiences growth pains, but it is not a process that should be hindered by trying to preserve the old way of doing things....in fact that would only serve to prolong the pain! Please do not try to regulate this progression of evolution in the journalistic process. People will always be interested in news, and there will be journalists and audiences forever-----no need for government to interfere and make things more complicated than they are.