This essay is an attempt to explore what may lie over the horizon for journalism...It's worth the read. I'd love to be in Dr. George's class. His essay is making me re-think and re-look at the role of newspapers.
Much of what has been written about the future of journalism has come from industry insiders, who tend to focus on the health of news organisations as businesses. This discussion leaves most citizens unmoved. After all, who cares about this quaint, centuries-old ink-on-newsprint product that is already becoming less and less important a part of people's lives.
But this reaction misses the point. While some, this writer included, consider good newspapers to be a key ingredient of a high quality of life, they are ultimately important not because of the reading experience they provide.
They are important because they have always been the main institutional form supporting the work of large teams of professional journalists.
You may not miss ink-on-newsprint much, but you may miss the service of professional journalists much more.
The crisis is not that newspapers are sinking, but that we have not yet built a life raft for the journalism profession.
The full essay, here.