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Tuesday, December 9, 2008
The slow decline of the fourth estate
As devout news consumers we'll have to 'buy' those important services somehow. Maybe it can't be done with just advertising anymore. Maybe we newsjunkies will have to suscribe to a series of online newsletters. Maybe we'll get the police blotter stuff and obits online and have to suscribe to a higher tier for the rest.
Its not really fun for this longtime newsy watching quality print operations, like the WDT, struggling. But it will continue. We need that writing and editing. We really do. But as they diminish so do we. Sean Hennessy posted five items below this one.
Three of items originated from prime members of the fourth estate.
Here is a prime example of my logic. The WDT's Tom Wanamaker reported in today's edition that upstate NYS Senate Democrats will have a voice. Click for it. Whether you like the message or not newsies like me need that kind of reporting.