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Worth reading: Change never stops, but we will always need journalism

A few pertinent quotes at the turn of another tumultuous year in news media from Peter Preston, in his Guardian column, an excerpt from his chapter for Last Words? How Can Journalism Survive the Decline of Print?: “..digital consumption/addiction accelerates away and social media dominate reading time and attention. One habit dies; another takes over.”

“And all of this, one crisis after another, one false dawn after another, seemed to promise some publishing nirvana just around the corner…

“To this day, only about 10% of news on the net comes with a price tag. The central competition, therefore, had to be scrabbling for advertising riches…”

“The point about looking back is that this unwinding chronicle never ends, never finds a steady state. There’s a whole new world beyond Facebook and Google out there – and only one certainty firm in the mix. However produced, however delivered, this swirling world needs facts, perceptions, arguments, reflections, hard truths. This world needs journalism.”

Amen. 

Original article http://j.mp/2hG1bEI, published 1 January, 2017

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