The Washington Post has a new column called “Stopped Presses,” announcing the papers that have closed. Topping the list, of course, is the Rocky Mountain News, whose front page, graced with a picture of the empty newsroom, makes me feel a little choked up. I mourn the sickness of journalism, not just because I fear I won’t have a job if I decide to go that route. It’s hard to confront the death of cultural institutions. And I can’t help but wonder how long it will be before the WaPo has to add itself to its own list.

2 thoughts on “Poignance

  1. “And I can’t help but wonder how long it will be before the WaPo has to add itself to its own list.”

    I’m not betting against the establishment newspapers (WaPo, NYTimes, WSJ). As smaller papers fail, more people will be turning to the most trusted news sources in the nation for their information. Sad, though, that important local stories will suffer as a result.

    As a side note, I find it fascinating and encouraging that news outlets have been reporting so thoroughly on the downfall of newspapers, magazines, etc. I’m glad that the issue isn’t being glossed over or downplayed.

  2. Our local paper (and in Ireland a local paper really is a local paper) has gone free. It’s supported entirely by advertising. I don’t know how long that will last.

    Your piece reminds me of novels by Isaac Asimov or Arthur C. Clarke which mention “The New York Times: Earth Edition” and similar news outlets.


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