Chris Hedges on the unnecessary death of news papers

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By Ben Cohen

This article is relevant to any aspiring journalist who would love to have a serious career outside of the corporate media. Chris Hedges argues that serious journalism is a dying art, largely due to the mega corporate takeover of the newspaper industry, and the explosion of non-journalism on the web:

The decline of newspapers is not about the replacement of the
antiquated technology of news print with the lightning speed of the
Internet. It does not signal an inevitable and salutary change. It is
not a form of progress. The decline of newspapers is about the rise of
the corporate state, the loss of civic and public responsibility on the
part of much of our entrepreneurial class and the intellectual poverty
of our post-literate world, a world where information is conveyed
primarily through rapidly moving images rather than print.

All
these forces have combined to strangle newspapers. And the blood on the
floor, this year alone, is disheartening. Some 6,000 journalists
nationwide have lost their jobs, news pages
are being radically cut back and newspaper stocks have tumbled.
Advertising revenues are dramatically falling off with many papers
seeing double-digit drops. McClatchy Co., publisher of the Miami Herald, has seen its shares fall by 77 percent this year. Lee Enterprises Inc., which owns the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, is down 84 percent. Gannett Co., which publishes USA Today, is trading at nearly a 17-year low. The San Francisco Chronicle is now losing $1 million a week. Read more....