The case for local coverage
Here’s another new piece from Columbia Journalism Review that’s worth a few minutes of your time…..especially for Ohioans interested in news from Cincinnati-based Scripps Howard, the Dec. 31, 2007, shuttering of its Cincinnati Post and the 2009 closing of its Rocky Mountain News.
The piece, titled “Putting the bundle back?,” starts with a quick review of some of the newest news on innovative web sites (can’t believe Friend of Miami University Bill Keller will leave the Times!) — then moves on to why local news, however its delivered, still matters:
Here’s the top:
“‘It seems like ambitious new journalism projects are everywhere these days. The announcement that former New York Times editor Bill Keller will lead a nonprofit startup covering the criminal justice system arrived just as Pierre Omidyar’s First Look Media launched its first “digital magazine” and as Ezra Klein begins staffing up his “Project X” venture at Vox Media. Meanwhile, powerful incumbents like The Washington Post, The New York Times and ESPN are producing new branded online initiatives that move away from traditional newsgathering and reporting routines. It’s an important moment for rethinking how to organize and fund the production of news. As we watch these projects unfold, however, it’s worth remembering that the staid local newspaper still offers specific civic benefits that the new models will be hard-pressed to replace, especially at the local and state level. “
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