After reading this post from Geoff Baker of The Seattle Times earlier today, I felt compelled to weigh in on the matter of blogging versus what we consider real journalism.
The newspaper industry is one that is close to my heart. I’ve worked in it, and so have members of my family for a long time. A lot of my upbringing is thanks to the newspaper industry.
That said, newspapers have done nothing to help themselves over the years in warding off the internet era and maintaining relevance.
While it is easy for someone on either side of the spectrum (the blogging side, or real journalism side) to criticize the other side, the fact is that if newspapers want to survive they will need to embrace blogging and realize that this is how society gets its information these days. All the pressure is on the newspaper business, while bloggers will continue to pop up everywhere on a daily basis.
Continue reading The problems with blogging, and the downfall of the newspaper industry
It’s a sad day when an institution like the Seattle Post-Intelligencer closes its doors. No matter your feelings on their work, the P-I has been around for well over a century and has remained a fixture in this city and on local newsstands throughout that duration. The newspaper has been iconic and has worked in partnership with The Seattle Times to provide this city outstanding reporting and commentary since 1863. Yes, they will still be providing news online, at SeattlePI.com, but having just one local newspaper delivered to your doorstep or available on the rack at a grocery store will be odd.
As a kid, I hand delivered copies of the Times throughout my neighborhood, and made a habit of checking box scores and transactions in the sports section each and every day. For many of us, the newspaper is still a valued resource when it comes to news, and watching this industry crumble before us is disheartening, to say the least. We’ve allowed the internet to become our primary news source, with up-to-the-second reports and mercurial commentary that could never reach the pages of a paper. That’s just the way our world works now, be it good or bad.
Regardless, I feel for the good people at the P-I who lost their jobs today. Even Cougar homer Jim Moore, who if you haven’t had the pleasure of talking to, is actually a really nice guy. This is a sad day in the city of Seattle, and I only hope that things can get better with time.