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October 1, 2009 - Cheryl Clarke

I wrote about the fact that the newspaper business seems to be thriving in our area. Today I read an (online) Newsweek article by Daniel Lyon about the "death of print."

Lyon claims that the feds are looking into a way to "save" the newspaper business with yet another bailout of taxpayer dollars, and urges them to just "allow the dinosaur to die" and not to "prolong the agony."

I am not sure where I stand on this issue. As a newspaper reporter for over 15 years, it saddens me to think that people like Lyons don't even bother to read their New York Times and Washington Post newspapers, so they canceled them, rather than carry them to the recycling bin each week, often times without even looking at them, and that they think they can get what news they need from their phones or computers.

I find that I truly enjoy reading the written word each morning with my cup of joe. I understand that technology is moving forward quickly, and more and more people are getting their news online, but there are still some of us (usually over 50) that enjoy actually sitting down with the paper each day and reading it, cover to cover if we have the time.

I especially enjoy reading the local news of the day that affects my life, stories by people I know and respect.

I am not so sure that the government should be bailing anymore of us out, however, as we all know that government money always comes with strings attached. The news business should be stringless, so it can continue to fairly and accurately report without being "beholden" to anyone for bailing it out.

My thought is that the news business needs to adapt, and must adapt if it is to survive in the modern world. I believe there will continue to be newspapers, though they may look a little different as they change with the times, and yes, more of the news will be available online, as soon as someone figures out how to make money at it.



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