David Lauderdale writing about the future of newspapers in The Island Packet, a McClatchy media property:
There is tremendous value in a small group of accountable, well-guided individuals who hustle to gather defensible, documented information and share it with a large audience. It tells us the need for local news, local knowledge, local leadership and a local civic conversation has not gone away and newspapers are uniquely qualified to provide it.
I think it’s good to remember which parties actually provide original reporting—journalists, mainstream or otherwise. While there are bloggers who pick up a phone now and then, and break news stories, I can’t think of any who do so regularly in our sphere. Please let us know, if you know of one.