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Connie Schultz, a columnist at the Cleveland Plain Dealer, used her column in this Sunday’s paper to respond to a comment made by digital media maven Tina Brown to the Chicago Tribune last week while finding some sort of silver lining to the apparent death of newspapers.
Yes, Schultz conceded, veteran journalists are worried about job security. But they also fear “the online threat to standards we hold dear,” she said. Brown, who said journalists in their 50′s are afraid of the moves the industry is making towards digital media, was “too flip in assessing what worries many journalists,” Schultz added.
Schultz argued that, contrary to what Brown and others think, blogs are not the future of the media. “The so-called citizen journalism of most blogs is an affront to those of us who believe reporting and attribution must precede publication.”