From this USA Today columnist:
Calling all billionaires interested in saving democracy. Please invest in newspapers
Local journalism needs your wallet, your generosity, your trust and your promise to not interfere.
Let’s see who steps up.
Yes, Please help.
A great read in The Nation
Journalism is more necessary than ever at a time when the president of the United States treats media outlets as punching bags. … People who care about the future of journalism need to recognize that the clock is ticking rapidly toward midnight.
Here’s what else we won’t forget: Death threats and emails from people we don’t know celebrating our loss, or the people who called for one of our reporters to get fired because she got angry and cursed on national television after witnessing her friends getting shot.
We won’t forget being called an enemy of the people.
No, we won’t forget that. Because exposing evil, shining light on wrongs and fighting injustice is what we do.
Read the entirety of the Capital Gazette editorial here.
The New York Times rad another full page editorial today. More impact than any digital version could have.
But, read the online version here:
Cold turkey from digital!
I decided to travel back in time. I turned off my digital news notifications, unplugged from Twitter and other social networks, and subscribed to home delivery of three print newspapers
It has been life changing. Turning off the buzzing breaking-news machine I carry in my pocket was like unshackling myself from a monster who had me on speed dial, always ready to break into my day with half-baked bulletins.
I wish everyone could try this but imagine the cost. As he notes in the article, Print is expensive. I’m betting that Mr. Manjoo was able to expense the cost of the subscriptions.
I totally agree with him on this:
I began to see it wasn’t newspapers that were so great, but social media that was so bad.
… You don’t have to read a print newspaper to get a better relationship with the news. But, for goodness’ sake, please stop getting your news mainly from Twitter and Facebook. In the long run, you and everyone else will be better off.
Not much new here, but this statement pretty much sums up the issue:
Traditionally, a U.S. newspaper relied upon three revenue streams, roughly one-third each: subscriptions, commercial advertising, and classifieds.
First, the Internet ate the classifieds (see Craigslist), then moved on to some of that display stuff.
It is this which is blamed for the decline of the industry and the associated calls that Google and or Facebook should cough up some money to revive it.
Read the rest.