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I'm wondering where all the news reporting is going to come from if all of the newspapers are going out of business.

Bloggers don't really report , they comment on stores reported by reporters...

We'll probably still get the world and national news from a few of the remaining news organizations left. But the local news reporting is going to suffer I fear.

Journalism is a critical piece of a functioning Democracy. I'm a bit worried by this.

Bill Simmons comments about this here:

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=simmons/090416&sportCat=nba in a column a few years ago about the lack of reporting on Kevin Garnett's injury:

"There's a hidden sub-story lurking here: It involves the fall of newspapers, lack of access and the future of reporting, not just with sports but with everything."

and

"But this Garnett story, and how it was (and wasn't) covered, reminds me of "The Wire," which laid out a blueprint in Season 5 for the death of newspapers without us fully realizing it. The season revolved around the Baltimore Sun and its inability (because of budget cuts and an inexperienced staff) to cover the city's decaying infrastructure."

and

"We need to start caring about the decline of newspapers, because, really, all hell is going to break loose if we don't have reporters breaking stories, sniffing out corruption, seeing through smoke and mirrors and everything else. That was how Season 5 played out, and that's why 'Wire' creator David Simon is a genius. He saw everything coming before anyone else did."

With the exception of Laurie Roberts (Child Protective Services scandal), & Doug Maceachern (Tucson racial-hatred high school curriculum), does the Republic have any reporters/columnists who have broken a "big" story in the last few years? There are more "big stories" in the sports pages than in the rest of the paper put together

After years of Gannett adding mediocre "diversity" hires, and zero conservative "diversity" hires, there is very little actual reporting. Gannett and the wire services provide most of the fodder for the paper, which can be read online at many sites the night before.

If they offered an "economy" version of sports pages plus puzzles and a biz page, I would switch subscriptions immediately.

I would guess that a Journalism Degree today ranks right at the top/(bottom?) of the "higher education bubble" where the new grads have almost no job prospects and no chance of ever recouping the costs of their degree through a high-paying job.

I have little concern about the demise of typical reporters. I see many more stories breaking on the major blogs like Drudge, Instapundit, Pajamas Media, Red States, Hot Air, Town Hall, and Espresso Pundit than I could ever find in the Republic or its mother-ship, The New York Times. The papers hide any narratives contrary to their liberal agendas until the stories break into the open on the blogs, and when they finally must address them, they put them on page 7.

Media predates Democracy and will postdate it.

Details, like the format of media, are not important.

The decline of traditional media is no news. Anyone who's been paying attention for the past several years already knew that newspapers are going down hill. The question is: what is going to replace them?

We are all waiting for the re-emergence of the town crier. Oh, wait, we have that--it's called the radio.
As the "old saying" goes: nature abhors a vacuum; something will take up the slack.
Is losing a credible newspaper a major concern and disappointment? Of course it is. Unfortunately Arizona lost theirs decades ago. I don't consider the Republic going out of business a great loss to the community.

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