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Boston Globe to Shut Down in 60 Days

May 4, 2009

At the Daily Beast, an excerpt from a story at the Washington Post, about the decision by the Boston Globe’s owners, the New York Times Company, to announce a shut down of the paper in sixty days.

There is a temptation to assign all news sources printed on paper the same “outdated” or “old-fashioned” or “anachronistic” label. We live, after all, in the age of the Internet, immediate access to news, blogs, free information and Twitter. In that world, where is there room for a bulky, paper-printed, slow and wasteful relic like a newspaper? And maybe that’s true. From an economic perspective, there may no longer be hope for the business model that has sustained daily newspapers for more than a century. Smarter, more knowledgeable commentators than me have tackled the problem, with little consensus on a solution. But the last line of the excerpt (and I am aware of the symbolism of quoting from a blog-excerpted story of a news item generated by a major urban daily like the Washington Post in a post about the death of a major urban daily like the Boston Globe) should have us all worried about the quality of the news to which we will have access in the future:

If it shutters, Boston will be left with one daily newspaper: the Boston Herald, a tabloid with 10 reporters.

One Comment leave one →
  1. mediahype permalink
    May 4, 2009 1:38 pm

    If local newspapers close down, who’s going to cover local news? Bloggers are no substitute for mainstream media. It’s just as much a matter of resources as anything else. If a media outlet shuts down nobody wins.

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