Stopping the Press

Friday, February 20, 2009


Getting lost in the frantic search for a business model to save newspapers is a simple question: why? Would the death of the newspapers as we know them really be apocalyptic? Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Steve Coll and political blogger Matthew Yglesias take a step back to consider if newspapers are worth saving.

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Comments [4]

Tamika Lowry from Durham, NC

As an undergraduate student, majoring in mass communications, I totally agree with both journalists. I believe that the newspaper is the main source of all news related information, and should not come to an end. From my own personal experience, I grew up reading the daily newspaper with my grandmother, and from that, I have learned that newspapers are very important in our society. Although there are many other news sources such as radio, television, and internet, the newspaper was the first mainstream outlet of information, and should not be diminished.

Mar. 01 2009 11:18 PM
Bill Glucroft from USA

The one big thing this segment missed is that without newspapers, most original reporting goes away. News begins with newspapers, which is then picked up by TV and radio stations. Even the great NPR often picks things up from the major U.S. newspapers (those that are left, anyway). In other words, if newspapers go away, so does journalism.

Feb. 27 2009 11:48 AM
Kirk Andrew from Minneapolis

I enjoyed this style of interview -- i.e., having two guests with somewhat different viewpoints. OTMs typical approach of having Brook or Bob play the devils advocate every time gets old after a while.

Feb. 24 2009 10:56 AM
gleb sidorkin from New York

I think academia will be the venue from which a growing portion of in-depth reporting will be based. As full-time employment opportunities for journalists diminish with the death of newspapers, more and more journalists will find-- as so many artists and poets already do-- that their best bet is to do their work and to teach at the same time. This migration might reduce the volume of work produced per person, but would also put more of our best minds into the classroom, where they should be.

Feb. 21 2009 12:29 PM

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