12/3 Blog Entry & DQ: Paul Starr - Goodbye to the Age of Newspapers (Hello to a New Era of Corruption)

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Paul Starr's "Goodbye to the Age of the Newspapers (Hello to a New Era of Corruption)" asks the question of whether non-profit organizations can sustain newspapers that may be losing money. Starr takes three approaches in regards to this question. The first approach is the owners of some declining newspapers may try to convert the presses into non-profits in hope of raising contributions to keep them in operation. The second approach is a philanthropic support of specific kinds of journalism, available through multiple outlets, whether they are commercial or non-profit. The third approach is underwriting new models of journalism in the online environment.

Newspapers have been doing everything they can to survive. Even people have been expecting the successors of newspapers to emerge on the Web. Although readership is becoming concentrated in a national press, we still have to think of international, local, and regional newspapers. This article made me think of why I sometimes choose to read a paper newspaper, versus a newspaper online. One of the things I really like about newspapers being offered online is when stories have a little video explaining the story, or even audio (as stated in Starr's article). Being a visual learner, it truly does help me envision the story better.

Paul Starr closes his article with a very interesting statement, "Our new technologies do not retire our old responsibilities." What do you think he means by this? Do you believe we are truly avoiding a new era of corruption as Starr puts it, or not? Why or why not? Lastly, besides from philanthropies, can you think of any other ways newspapers might be saved now and/or in the long run?

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