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Monday, March 28, 2005

newspapers influence

I was listening to KNBR sports radio during the lunch hour and the two hosts were discussing last week's Barry Bonds episode. The remark that caught my attention was when one of the radio hosts said that it was when the Bonds story hit the morning papers that the issue really hit the fan. It remains true that newspapers are a great influence on society and in how news is presented and accepted. There is a lot of reflection going on in the newspaper industry about whether newspapers are still relevant given the 24-hour news cycle and the instant access to information via the Internet. There even has been some who would speculate that newspapers won't be around in another decade or so. I say hogwash. I remain bullish on newspapers. It is still the best way to get a full array of news and information in one form. It's the best way to showcase people and the talent that exists in the many communities. The problem isn't the fact that we provide information via a newspaper format. The problem is what's inside the newspaper, not the vehicle in which we distribute the information. I hope to continue to elaborate on that point. No doubt the newspaper industry has challenges before it, declining readership chief among them. But newspapers aren't dead. Not by a long shot.

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