Blogs Are Killing The Newspaper Business

September 28, 2006 – 5:10 pm

by Darren

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That’s what I get out of this Time magazine article. Newspapers are hurting. No kidding. They’re losing sales to websites like Craigslist (just how bad do they have to be to lose to Craigslist anyway?) And the reason, according to Michael Kingsley, is “wannabe journalists”, AKA bloggers. It seems bloggers are quickly becoming the boogeyman.

You can sit down at your laptop and enjoy that same newspaper or any other newspaper in the world. Or you can skip the newspapers and go to some site that makes the news more entertaining or politically simpatico. And where do these wannabes get most of their information? From newspapers, of course. But that is mere irony. It doesn’t pay the cost of a Baghdad bureau.

I’d say Mr. Kingsley is giving far too much credit to journalists, and he’s short-changing high quality bloggers who do break stories. Nobody really does need a newspaper, especially if news is being covered both faster and more comprehensive online.

So are we doomed to get our news from some acned 12-year-old in his parents’ basement recycling rumors from the Internet echo chamber? Not necessarily. The fact that people won’t pay for news on the Internet isn’t as devastating for the old medium as it seems

Spoken like a man whose afraid of losing his job. And finally, let’s highlight “the big rub”:

And later? The “me to you” model of news gathering–a professional reporter, attuned to the fine distinctions between “off the record” and “deep background,” prizing factual accuracy in the narrowest sense–may well give way to some kind of “us to us” communitarian arrangement of the sort that thrives on the Internet

The essential argument of the debate. If bloggers can evolve to a position of having higher ethical standards, the newspapers and magazines of the world might crumble. There will be people who always enjoy the format, but there’s no question that the rush is online, and the offline media companies are definitely feeling the heat.

Do you get your news online or offline?

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    1. 6 Responses to “Blogs Are Killing The Newspaper Business”

    2. Gee, this “journalist” is a classic.

      Seems like he and his ilk are afraid that OMG we can all operate our own mini media empires - imagine that: rather than media held by the few we can have a million niche media outlets (aka blogs).

      And then he goes on to show off all he’s learnt in journalism 101 - “off the record” and “deep backgrounding” that real journo’s know all about.

      WTF - a dedicated blogger can spend time on the internet learning all this stuff and be better for it, no real need to be a “real” trained journalist any more.

      Sheesh … that chip must be weighing him down badly. ;-)

      By Martin on Sep 29, 2006

    3. Definitely. His condescension comes across clearly to me.

      He has a point about “journalistic standards”, but it’s not like they’re followed most days by most journalists. I guess we can expect more anti-blogging speeches soon from the journalists.

      By Darren on Sep 29, 2006

    4. I’ve always taken print media as a more reliable source of info than online media, simply because of the fact that anybody with a brain can start posting news online. Saying that, there are definately trust-worthy online news sites out there that I read daily, along side my print media.

      By TechZ on Sep 30, 2006

    5. The horse carriage manufacturers called, they really think these “cars” are going to be the doom of our society.

      “The fact that people won’t pay for news on the Internet isn’t as devastating for the old medium as it seems.”

      If I close my eyes I’m invisible, right?

      “…a professional reporter, attuned to the fine distinctions between “off the record” and “deep background,” prizing factual accuracy in the narrowest sense”

      You, sir, are a true poet. Sadly, as it often happens with art, the unwashed masses have no appreciation for your genius and your appreciation of “factual accurary”. Oh cruel world!

      Puh-lease. I’ll read Jeff Jarvis if I want to hear what a *real* journalist has to say. One who doesn’t bemoan the wonderful days of old when the public was still dumb and believed what our old-press overlords shoved down our throats. The dinosaurs don’t get that much pity from us either, do they?

      By Cornelius Puschmann on Oct 3, 2006

    6. Cornelius,

      Thanks for the comments, and I agree completely. This guy loved life when people were stupid and bought the “papers” hook line and sinker.

      If he was more talented, he’d embrace the technological advancement.

      By Darren on Oct 4, 2006

    7. I read most of my news online.

      I’d rather not have to kill a tree just to read some local or national news so it’senvironmentally friendly and you aren’t limited to news based on your location..

      By Heather on Oct 4, 2006

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