“I believe too many of us editors
and reporters are out of touch with our readers”, Rupert Murdoch, the
boss of News Corp, told the American Society of Newspaper Editors two
weeks ago. No wonder that people, and in particular the young, are
ditching their newspapers. Today’s teens, twenty- and thirty-somethings
“don’t want to rely on a god-like figure from above to tell them what’s
important”, Murdoch said, “and they certainly don’t want news presented
as gospel”. And yet, he went on, “as an industry, many of us have been
remarkably, unaccountably, complacent”.

The Economist,
itself an excellent example of using new technology to help its
readers, reports on the decline of print journalism and the rise of web
publishing, including e-zines like Crikey and Henry Thornton and more
traditional blogs.This article is particularly relevant for two
reasons. The first is Treasury’s exclusion of Crikey from the budget
lock-up on the grounds it is not “mainstream media.” The second point
is that The Economist has an excellent digital edition, in my view the best of any newspaper or magazine.

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