The following is a â€œmust readâ€, it reveals the true causes for the decline of the old media:
Itâ€™s an article by Michael Lenehan entitled â€œA Year Without Journalismâ€ which was published locally in the Tucson Weekly, January 5, 2006.
In the article he freely admits that newspaper circulation is plummeting, while internet news sources are experiencing wild growth in readership. Mr. Lenehan suggests that bloggers would be out of business if the real journalists went on strike â€“ he proposes a one year work stoppage. After all, those little pissants just steal from the real journalists anyway.
Gosh, do you think we could get the â€œjournalistsâ€ to sign a contract to that affect before they change their minds?
Apparently without intention, Mr. Lenehan exemplifies the problem of the Old Media â€“ and itâ€™s not the pissants in the New Media. Does he wonder why people are abandoning newspapers in droves? Does he ask what the dweebs are providing readers that he and his colleagues are not? Does it occur to him that with his superior intellect, work ethic, moral character, and overall goodness, he and his colleagues could make a superior product and grind those little dweebs under their boot-heels? No! He dismisses the competition as geek losers who can only steal the stellar creations of the â€œjournalistsâ€.
These guys live in a closed, detached, and somewhat incestuous industry that has lost sight of the prize. They need to start writing for their customers and not each other. The people want accuracy, honesty, and the whole story.
The notion that internet news sources do no original reporting is delusional wishful thinking on the part of the â€œjournalistsâ€. How many national stories have been broken by Matt Drudge? Who asks the better questions in an interview – Hugh Hewitt or Katie Couric? Who told the truth about President Bushes National Guard service â€“ Rush Limbaugh or Dan Rather?
Remember, â€œbloggersâ€ might have come to be known as â€œbjournalistsâ€ if the latter did not sound so Swedish; then the â€œjournalistsâ€ would have had to go back to being reporters.