Link: The Editor's Log
I've been enjoying John Robinson's weblog for several months now, primarily because he's one of a handful of editors and journalists out there who are optimistic about the future of print journalism (which is careening over the cliff of the future). Robinson is editor of the Greensboro News-Record, which you shouldn't hold against him since he's certainly more awake than Sy Hirschfield when it comes to future trends.
As part of his own journey, and as a service to his readers, Robinson offers up some perspective of his own -- and of others grappling with the issue.
Jay Rosen rounds up the soul-searching that many newspaper journalists are doing about the future of news on paper. I hear that. It is a daunting time. Some say we're at a tipping point. Maybe. That's not bad.
As an industry, we don't lack the talent or vision to redirect the ship, as one letter writer suggests. We lack the will. The data is clear; the status quo is not an option. What are we waiting for? The changes in store should be embraced if we can reach new audiences with our journalism. No one is suggesting we abandon our core principles. Truth telling remains the key. And everything I read challenges us to make that principle stronger.
Who will carry the torches for us? Tim Porter guides us with his New Values for a New Age of Journalism. Jeff Jarvis with A new model for LOCAL NEWSpapers. Jay Rosen with many posts, most recently this one. Mark Glaser with the Media Company I want to work for.