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Wish this had a "Like" button.

The journalism profession isn't dying. Journalism is evolving and being reinvented every day, often by young people who are fresh out of journalism school. Sure, Gannett is struggling (and so are many other media companies) and the pay model needs to change, but much of journalism itself is going strong. Look how well the New York Times has done with its paywall. You spend a lot of time criticizing the local media, which is fine and the media should be scrutinized, but you're missing a lot of great journalism, too.

I don't think you're on Twitter, Greg, but it's a great way to easily follow quality journalism and the work of top journalists around the world, especially on a more personal level.

You also might be interested in this blog by NYT reporter Brian Stelter (http://topics.nytimes.com/topics/reference/timestopics/people/s/brian_stelter/index.html?inline=nyt-per), which is about what he learned from covering the aftermath of the Joplin tornado, and how he used new media (mainly Twitter) to do so: http://thedeadline.tumblr.com/post/5904630983/what-i-learned-in-joplin

Tessa,

The fact that some people are still willing to pay for the most famous paper in America doesn't change the fact that the vast majority of newspapers are struggling. The Republic has repeatedly alienated subscribers over the years, and when you combine that with the general downturn in the industry, it's only a matter of time.

I seriously doubt that the move to the Internet can save many papers. With so much free news available (including on Twitter, which you mention), you really have to have a special product that is worth paying for. The Times has that (partly by virtue of its pedigree). The Republic doesn't.

I find it sad that Greg gets such glee of reporting these layoffs. The lack of a vibrant newspaper for a city like Phoenix is a bad thing for the community.

I take no glee in someone losing their job (except for liberals being thrown out of office), and I'm certain Greg doesn't either. But watching the Arizona Republic self-destruct over the past two decades--well, there is a certain level of satisfaction to be had. "Journalists" like Daniel Gonzalez (and Linda Valdez, and EJ Montini, and ...) do not deserve our sympathy; pity, perhaps, but not sympathy.

Speaking of "Fast and Furious", here's Laurie Robert's belated take on the issue:

http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/news/articles/2011/06/18/20110618arizona-gun-laws-roberts.html

Way to get it completely wrong, Laurie. The comments are entertaining, completely gutting her "facts" and taking her to the woodshed about how she can no longer be trusted to accurately report the news.

Sure, it's an opinion piece, but she comes out looking like a complete fool that takes the government word like gospel.

Hey Laurie, even John Stewart gets it!

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-june-21-2011/the-fast-and-the-furious---mexico-grift

Laurie Roberts used to be an often reasonable and often accurate columnist. Apparently hanging around Montini, Valdez and Gonzalez has changed that.

This is what is replacing the local newspaper.

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