Tuesday, April 18, 2006

What's the purpose of a major paper?

I've been pretty indifferent to the plummeting revenues of the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times. I figure they'll eventually sink or swim in the wake of the arrival of the Internets.

If they swim, great, they deserve to. If they sink, a bunch of smaller publications or online sites will rise up to replace them, and our city will be none the worse for it.

This story from Poynter Online jarred me from that perspective. After reading it, I'm probably not going to think twice before I renew my Trib subscription.

Photo via Poynter Online from the Times-Picayune. Their staff reacts to the news that they had just won a Pulitzer Prize for their coverage during Hurricane Katrina.

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