philadelphia.pngThis weekend, while reading Michael Sokolove‘s New York Times Magazine story about Philadelphia and its troubled newspapers, The Philadelphia Daily News and The Philadelphia Inquirer, we couldn’t help but thinking about the role that blogs are now playing in the journalistic conversation.

According to Sokolove: “Newspapers remain the primary source of news-gathering in America. And unlike so many Internet ‘sites,’ they are firmly grounded in a geographical place. To read a newspaper is to know what town you’re in.”

Is that still true? Local news Web sites are popping up all over the place and some, like NewJerseyNewsroom.com, are even created by former local newspapers employees who have been recently let go.

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