Wednesday, May 2, 2007 | Lately, it seems that not a week goes by when local news media professionals aren’t brought together in some type of forum to discuss the future of journalism.
The forums — whether on a local university campus or on public television — are an outgrowth of a national conversation.
As they watch the circulations of newspapers decline, many people have rationally begun to worry about the future of the news media. Even those who are sometimes frustrated with journalists recognize the importance of having a vibrant and dynamic press.
And so, many of these discussions about the future of the industry are burdened with profound worry.
But there’s something else happening, too. Veteran journalists and their financial backers from Baltimore, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Washington, D.C., San Francisco and Corpus Christi, Texas have all recently contacted voiceofsandiego.org asking about what we’ve done here.
Why call us? They are all considering starting their own version of what we’ve been doing. For two years, we’ve been pioneering a new media model and providing in-depth news coverage and fact-based commentary to a region with too few voices. There was a stigma about the credibility of Internet-based journalism. But we’ve held to traditional ethics and standards of journalism but in a new form.