Are newspaper editors really necessary?
Q. If newspapers disappear, should the public care? Q. What is the strategy of the newspaper industry? Q. What do the current owners want from their newspapers? Q. Will we see other forms of ownership? Like many of you, I’ve been worrying lately. What will become of us? More important, what will become of our newspapers? More important still, what will become of the kind of public-service journalism that newspapers produce? And, vastly more important than all that: What will the public know – and what will the public not know – if our poorly understood, and often unappreciated, craft perishes in the Darwinian jungle? Quite a few of the people we hear from these days – the talk-show hosts, the bloggers, the political operatives, the marketers, the flacks of all sorts – dream wistful dreams of a world without newspapers. What power they would have! How blissfully simple their lives would be! And, it could actually happen. Let’s imagine…. If, at some point in America’s newspaper-free futu