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Unformatted text preview: Links for 500 Newspaper Paper Role http://www.wired.com/dualperspectives/article/news/2009/07/dp_newspaper_ars0714 "The routine reporting that promotes civic engagement; the investigative features that require weeks to years of research, information requests and lawsuits; the exposure of corruption, failure and wasted funds at the local, regional and national level." "But a number of independent efforts seem to foretell what the future may entail: nonprofit investigative reporting, nonprofit local news reporting, and ad-supported local news reporting" http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/opinion/2009414766_guests05freepress.html "We need new models whose sole criterion for success is not profit maximization. News isn't just another commodity. Journalism is an essential public service and critical infrastructure. Like many public goods, journalism has never been fully supported by the market; it always has been subsidized. But the advertising- subsidy system no longer works." http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/opinion/2009112480_opina24ryan.html "The media conglomerates that dominate the newspaper industry do not need antitrust relief for their papers to thrive. A major component to the ills battering the newspaper industry is the fact that a handful of big companies own most of the nation's newspapers. Newspapers should be accountable to the communities they serve and not to Wall Street or distant corporations thousands of miles away. The public-ownership model is disintegrating. That is what Congress must understand. We have a chance to put newspapers and professional journalism back in stewardship of smaller entities that care about community." http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/opinion/2008990033_opinb06news.html "Our country depends on an open and free press to monitor what happens in our communities so that Americans can make sound judgments about their lives and leaders. Thomas Jefferson, a man who was frequently vilified by newspapers, summed it up best when he said: "If I had to choose between government without newspapers, and newspapers without government, I wouldn't hesitate to choose the latter." Added by Liz: The Natural History of the Newspaper: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2764232 I thought this might be interesting for some of the history part - it was published in 1923 The Rise of the Fourth Estate: How Newspapers Became Informative and Why it Mattered [book chapter] pdf link: http://kuznets.fas.harvard.edu.proxy.lib.umich.edu/~goldin/papers/GGG_CR.pdf Google books link: http://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=j- 8uHpz5eWEC&oi=fnd&pg=PA187&dq=history+of+newspapers&ots=sBDTCt0WfO&sig=v7thCpZLQOoTWuzOO...
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