Real News: An Endangered Species

By Janet Raloff, 14:06 PM December 3, 2008

As a member of the Fourth Estate, it has been depressing to hear, month after month, about job cuts throughout the news industry. The morbidity of American journalism has come to rival that of the banking and auto industries. Yet you hear little about these “paper cuts” because those who manage news organizations don’t like to report on how sick they are, how they got that sick, and what parts of their bodies they’re amputating to keep the whole organism from dying.

One sign of the problem...

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