Content-type: text/html ~ Stephen's Web ~ Laying the Newspaper Gently Down to Die

Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community
Newspapers are still as profitable as ever. That, though, is part of the problem facing the industry; as the tsunami bears down on it, close enough to feel the foam, it is hard to escape the feeling that all is normal. Jay Rosen notes, "the fact that it's still (highly) profitable is one of the signs of this death." Same for the music industry. Same for the education industry. But note: the key issue facing us, say people like Rosen and Dan Gillmor, is how to preserve what we value in journalism, an independent, free press dedicated to honest reportage. "The only way to save journalism is to develop a new model that finds profit in truth, vigilance, and social responsibility," Phil Meyer said. We, too, in learning, face the same issues - and while the wave may be further away, it's still in sight.

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