If the Washington Post does not start thinking and acting like a national paper, it will die the inevitable death of a regional one.
Over the years, and many incarnations, the Herald Examiner excelled at covering local news, catering more to the "man on the street," and was also a huge fan of sensational stories.
Newspapers aren't even going the way of airlines, nickel and diming us for what we came to expect. They've simply eliminated a lot of the content from what we're paying for or making us spend time hunting online for stuff which was once right in front of us.
Newspapers are on the wane and print is heading for extinction. Newspapers have found a new life and print is becoming creative. Taking the industry's pulse is a tricky affair. Facts and figures come in different shapes and sizes.
It's bad enough that much-shrunken newspapers, having shed staff, are sloppier with the facts. It's even worse that they don't seem terribly concerned whether or not your paper even shows up.
A lot of people are sitting on fascinating stories about the places where they work, where they live, what's happening in their lives. This is what journalists, what journalism, are supposed to be concerned with.
Real life and reality shows are not the same thing -- fortunately. Although as our world becomes increasingly dominated by what is essentially fiction, we may begin to lose the ability to tell the difference.
Instead of lamenting the death of old legacy papers, journalists should confront the challenges ahead of them. It's time to reconsider a public funding scheme.
My eternal question is what my Sunday in the New York Times would look like. Am I a predictable creature of Sunday habit or is each kick-off day of the week a new adventure? Do my Sunday activities mirror my self-image?
In the past five years, the phrase "news junkie," has been creeping up on me, and for the first time I realize I may be hooked, and the scary fact is -- we may all be.
Is there life after newspapers? Of course there is; especially if you talk to Hedrick Smith, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and former correspondent for the New York Times, who left the paper in 1988 after 26 years.
Tompkins is so caught up in maintaining his 2nd Amendment privilege that he lost sight of what really mattered here.
I believe in the power of social media for spreading news, sharing ideas and having conversations. But for all of us who use social media, it is incumbent upon us to balance speed with common sense and sound judgment.
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