Editor & Publisher supplies some perspective:
Unity's 2009 Layoff Tracker Report shows an average 22% increase from month to month in journalism jobs lost from September 2008 through August 2009. The general economy lost jobs at an average monthly pace of about 8% during that time, according to Unity.Click here to read the article.
Most of those disappearing jobs are in print journalism. Which leaves some of us who have labored as inky wretches wondering who will cover the complicated stories. In the future, who will do investigative journalism?
Is part of the reason political discourse in America has gotten to be so rude and attack-oriented that the people/voters no longer understand issues below the surface? Isn't that part of why too many people today only know slogans and personalities? How much does this trend stem from the fact that newspapers no longer have the staffs or the space to cover complicated stories in depth?
Blogs can be worthwhile. But, other than to offer opinions, are independent bloggers with no budget to travel or work at it full time really ever going to be able to cover global economic/political news with any competence?
Where is the growing hatred and distrust of the withering mainstream media taking us?