Newspapers missed their chance –

 Wayne MacPhail at bemoans the newspapers self-inflicted death:

Unfortunately for newspapers, the grumpy, grudging attitude I heard rumbling above my head ten years ago hasn’t really changed. There’s more fear now, more dread, more tired arguments about editorial authority born of baggage no one but newspaper people carry or care about. But there are few in the news business with passion, excitement and a true understanding of what it could mean to help a community be its own media, hold up its own mirror and gather around a fire it helps to build.

I used to be angry at the newspaper business for frittering away its birthright, its opportunity, its obligation. Now I just feel sad about the waste. Local papers could have provided free municipal WiFi, offered downtown offices where citizens could have told their own stories, recycled computers to local drop-in centres and used Flickr groups to gather hundreds of photos of local events.

Very sad indeed.

One Reply to “Newspapers missed their chance –”

  1. Having been out of the print rag biz for 10+ years now, I’m beginning to realize I got out at the right time.

    Questions is – if Wayne is correct in his assessment, what alternatives are there? Are we looking at news media startups that aren’t constrained by the old way of doing things? If so, what options are there for making a living online with video? If not, why the continued discourse on what appears to be a no win situation for those of us looking to online distribution as a means of making it work?

    Cliff Etzel – Solo Video Journalist

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