Brief interview with Steve Smith, formerly editor of The Spokesman-Review newspaper of Spokane, Washington. Contains the splendid line: "I’m not out to save newspapers. It may not be possible to save newspapers. But it ought to be possible to save journalism."
The newspaper industry is in a frenzy trying to figure out how to save itself. Kachingle, an online service that will launch next month, offers yet another possible solution: encourage online readers to voluntarily contribute to newspapers and other websites they like. Kachingle CEO and founder Cynthia Typaldos explains why she thinks people will pay for content they can get for free.
The New York Times reported this week that only 1 in 8 of New York’s public high schools still has a student newspaper. National figures are only a bit better. NPR’s Scott Simon says student newspapers are the latest victims of social media.
As newspapers go under, the network newscasts lose viewers and the mainstream media in general see more and more of their audience shift online, are we as a society better or worse off? A panel of experts debates.