What the newspaper industry faces is less imminent death than the specter of being mostly dead, of chopping staff and resources to the point where they sacrifice exactly what makes them so special: their coverage of courthouses and statehouses (see "Statehouse Exodus," April/May), their role dispensing information and facilitating community dialogue, their journalists' time to do basic beat reporting so they can write about issues intelligently. [...] the online startups expand-if they do-the onus remains on newspapers to dig up and dish out news about their cities.
Cities Without Newspapers Rachel Smolkin American Journalism Review; Jun/Jul 2009; 31, 3; Docstoc pg. 16
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