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- A tumblr site dedicated to the people and places that make up Oregon and Southwest Washington.
It seems to me that the best thing to do is give up print and publish completely online. There is, of course, one problem with that: the Internet is not available to everyone, all the time, for a nominal fee.
One thing is for sure, we need to figure out a way to preserve true investigative journalism. Television "news" is pretty much off the rails. Aside from NPR, radio "news" is nothing but entertainment for your political leanings. The Internet has legitimate sources, Reuters, BBC, NPR, but the signal to noise ratio is way too low since every person with an opinion is calling themselves journalists these days.
I am not really concerned about losing newspapers as a print business. I am concerned about losing a standard of integrity. There are a lot of people taking up the task of local investigative journalism on the Internet. The problem is, it is hard to find them in the sea of crap. They need some banner like a newspaper lending them its credibility (and lawyers in most cases).
Finding a way to create that "banner" online and getting the Internet to everyone seem like the next big things we should be focusing on rather than trying to save print media.
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