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Re: “Newspapers: "Black and white and totally over?"

Chris, Regulation is an interesting question. Internet reporting is, in some cases, already more powerful and threatening to the political status quo than the old radio/tv/newspaper combos ever were. Now, regardidng good TV...

Posted by Cameron Harper on 12/15/2008 at 8:08 AM

Re: “Newspapers: "Black and white and totally over?"

I like John Malmo. In fact, I agreed with much of what he said about how to save newspapers, until he got to the part about doubling the price. As you point out, that’s not the answer. Malmo’s thinking was too stereotypically based on his print roots and an old business model. He seems to believe that the only real journalism comes from newspaper reporters and is tossed in your driveway every morning, neither of which is true. Some excellent reporting comes from TV news, which he dismissed, but could not dispute. That’s ok. Newspaper and TV people have always had that argument. The problem is the argument is irrelevant. Newspaper reporters are doing TV these days and TV reporters are doing print, at least the online kind. We’re all competing in the same space. The quality of the journalism is more often related to the integrity and talent of the individuals producing it, instead of the institution behind it. I read Chris Davis because I like the writing and the thinking, not necessarily because it’s in the Memphis Flyer. Malmo got it right when he said people want and will find quality. However, fewer of them care about the physical form in which it arrives. We haven’t been the gatekeepers of information for sometime. Trying to force our viewers and readers to conform to our old way of doing things is one of the main reasons we’re in this mess. Cameron Harper

Posted by Cameron Harper on 12/14/2008 at 3:31 PM


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