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March 30, 2005


Jay Furst

Rosen, Gillmor and Malone all need to chill. Good journalism will always find a way out of notebooks and cameras and into people's hands, and the new kinds of journalism that newspapers are exploring are vastly more interesting than the endless gloomy chatter of academics and bloggers.

I tune out this type of handwringing when someone like Gillmor writes, "If the newspaper business does turn out to be dying, we need to make sure that journalism does not."

Well, we're all dying and yes, the newspaper business is, too. In the meantime, though, we're enjoying the trip and evolving into a new form, finding a new way to reach readers. Journalism will go on without the clarion call of bloggers saying "we need to make sure" that it happens.

Newspapers have some big hills to climb, like every other business venture on the planet. But we're doing the work and it'll get done.

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