For democracy to function properly, we still need strong, reliable, community-focused news media, even if newspapers don't survive, or if they morph into some form we can't even imagine. We also think that writers for new media, talented and energetic as they are, have to be more outward-looking and more focused on the larger community. They need the savvy and training and broad education and rootedness in a community that writers and editors at traditional newspapers have. To keep our democracy strong and our governmental institutions on their toes, we need a robust medium that combines the introspection and sensitivities of the bloggers with the hard-headedness, skepticism, and journalistic training of the print media (think Lou Grant).Believe it or not, Morning Call Opinion pages Editor Glenn Kranzley would like to know what you think. He's asked me to thank you for your "good feedback" on the paper's Blogger Tuesday concept. If it's not blogs or newspapers, where will people be getting their news in the next twenty years? I offered to give him a 35,000 word essay by 10 AM, but he passed. He's more interested in your views.
Sometime this weekend, I'll post my solutions anyway. Then I'll drive to his house and read them to him. He told me he lives in Frackville, so I better gas up.