Blogging like “karaoke” according to former Orlando Sentinel reporter

Mark I Pinsky, a former reporter on US paper the Orlando Sentinel, analyses why the US newspaper industry is in such parlous states in the Guardian

There’s also a problem we cannot control. Journalism’s statesmen and academics may differ, but many reporters have concluded that the fault is neither in our stars, nor in ourselves – but in our audience. Middle-aged readers say other media now trump newspapers. But more and more, reporters mutter, Americans – especially younger people – choose apathy and superficiality, the luxury of living in a normally prosperous superpower. If they want any information, they can get it from blogs – the hobbyist, derivative haven for karaoke journalists.

Never has Jeff Jarvis’ quote curmudgeons who bark against the full moon of change” been so apposite.

About John Welsh

John Welsh has spent his entire working life in business-to-business media, first traditional publishing, having edited three magazines over 14 years, and, second, exhibitions since 2007. He is now Managing Director for UBM EMEA, a business-to-business Events-First company. The views he expresses are those of his own and do not in anyway reflect the position or views of his employer or colleagues. He started this blog on 22 June 2008.
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