Regardless of socio-economic status, I have never met a single mother who didn't want a better life for herself and her children and who didn't realize that education and knowledge are they key to leveling the playing field.
The shift to online media in the past two decades comes with two important realities: (1) online revenue increases are smaller than print media decreases; and (2) mainstream media are being challenged by crowdsourcing behavior.
How does this real time reporting sit with Journal staffers? I overheard one veteran reporter remark to a colleague, it's "back to the future, I'm a wire service reporter again." I don't think he was grumbling.
Information wants to be free, but the creators of information also need to eat. Which of these interests ultimately prevails, although partly a business issue, depends fundamentally on legal considerations.
For me, the key question is whether those of us working in the media embrace and adapt to the radical changes brought about by the Internet or pretend that we can somehow hop into a journalistic Way Back Machine and return to a past that no longer exists.