It’s no news that the American news business is in flux and in trouble. The powerful newspapers and giant networks that dominated journalism in the last half of the 20th century have fragmented into shards of new media, blogs, social media, and websites seemingly tailored for every possible taste.
The journalistic past is all but dead, but the future is barely glimpsed. Technology drives this transformation, and the technology itself evolves daily. What’s left are two huge questions:
- Who’s going to pay for and buy the journalism of the future?
- What does this mean for democracy and the nation?