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It’s about saving journalism, not just newspapers

A post by former Microsoft blogger Robert Scoble arguing that newspapers are dead has provoked the expected flurry of discussion online.

Scoble’s prediction was sparked off by Tim O’Reily talking about rumours that the San Francisco Chronicle is in deep trouble.

Among those pitching in with reactions worth reading are Dave Winner and Doc Searls.

They both make great points. But it strikes me that we should be discussing how to revitalise journalism, rather than just talking about newspapers. Is this just too obvious?

And Scoble is wrong in saying zero future journalists are being trained for the online world. We’re doing it at the University of British Columbia and so are many others.

Filed under: internet, new media, newspapers

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