Those of you who care about journalism and newspapers may have a piecemeal understanding of the forces that seem to be tearing apart what's arguably the most important industry in our republic. But to what extent are you prepared to consider owners' greed, blindness and laziness as culprits?
If you want a solid working knowledge of the basics involved, I recommend a beautiful piece of investigative work online that presents a clear and compelling look at the situation: The Withering Watchdog by Laura Frank who was an investigative reporter for the now-defunct Rocky Mountain News in Denver (folded last April when, according to the series, it was still earning a 10% profit).
What's going on? Why? Where did this mess come from? Who let it happen? What will be the consequences? With strong documentation, The Withering Watchdog answers so many questions about the newspaper industry in what will be a 3-part investigation of what may be the approaching end of investigative journalism in the U.S. The series is produced by PBS' Expose: America's Investigative Reports.
What questions do you have about the U.S. newspaper industry? You'll probably find answers in Frank's series. And I'll be posting some excerpts to help encourage you to read her work.