March 27, 2009

Replacing Local News

So the problem is this: If local a newspaper dies, what will replace the lost coverage? Jay Rosen asks an interesting, preceding question:  What are local papers producing now that will need to be replaced:

Once we know in a ballpark way what the newspaper journalism, replacement level is, we at least know how far we have to go in realizing some comparable framework for a new system. (An even harder problem: how do you get the news to the people the print edition once reached if it comes to the point where you do have to replace the newspaper? First step: how many news stories were those people getting?)

That’s where you come in. You’re here to help.

Enter in the comments:

I’m taking option #2: blog about it and leave a link in the comments at Idea Lab. Here’s the form:

  • Your hometown: Springfield, Missouri
  • The name of your newspaper: Springfield News-Leader (Gannett)
  • The url for its website: http://www.news-leader.com/apps/pbcs.dll/frontpage
  • Number of locally-produced NEWS stories for which original reporting is required, including business and features and news sections: 7
  • Number of locally-produced SPORTS stories: 2
  • Date and day of the week that you counted: Friday, 27 March 2009

This exercise necessarily leaves out much of what a newspaper does everyday. But the focus here is on original reporting — the very thing that is supposed to separate professional journalists from the rest of us.

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