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David Carr, Columbia University, and the Future of Journalism


New York TimesDavid Carr, always ahead of the curve. Two days ago, a full 24-hours before the news of the 100 staffers being cut from the big gray lady even hit the stands, Carr was writing a treatise on how to save traditional newsroom. Of course, with the advance of communication and “non-accountability journalism” on blogs, coupled with the high cost of print and holding together a traditional news staff (not helped of course by the recent recession), is there any clear solution to saving paper coverage?

Columbia’s School for Journalism (unlike their environmental program) seems to thrive at this sort of challenge. Not only are they having a lecture of Friday to discuss the concerns that Carr brings up in his piece, but one professor, Michael Shudson, was even commissioned by the school along with ex-Washington Post editor Leonard Downie Jr. to create a sort of watchdog report for emerging journalism.

The plans outlined that Carr examples are creating more localized and subsidized radio and television stations that are state-supported, which would allow for both more accountability on a micro-level, and (obviously) provide more funds in which to employ journalists.

But we wonder: With states like California in such high deficits already, declaring themselves in a state of a national emergency, how much money could there be to spread around to such journalism? Especially considering how well journalists and politicians inherently get along.

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