Wonky piece in CiF about how, well, gosh, lots of journalists are losing their jobs and we\’ve got to do something about it.
You know the sort of thing, when it\’s the people writing the papers in danger then the papers get filled with the danger.
There\’s a call for, wait for it, \”A National Journalism Strategy\”. Yup, the politicians, who depend largely upon the press for their publicity, should be put in charge of the press. Great, just great.
Other proposals are low or non-profit structures: well, yes, perhaps, but this doesn\’t really address the basic point which is that, umm, there are no profits for most American newspapers. So how restructuring so that you\’re not pursuing what isn\’t there will help is, umm, difficult to see.
Or co-ops….like AP. AP is also of course going bust so this isn\’t much help. Or, and get this, Municipal ownership. Yeah, right, ownership by City Hall is really going to boost the investigation of City Hall, ain\’t it?
Or, and yes, they really say this, perhaps NPR could be turned into something more like the BBC……
Or, and get this, how about just giving Federal money to laid off journalists? Quite how this solves the basic problem, that there just isn\’t a revenue model to support the number of journalists already extant isn\’t really explained.
However, we know we\’re entirely in La-La Land from the very first sentence of the report.
Journalism is a public good.
Err, no, journalism is both excludable and rivalrous. It is therefore not a public good. If you\’re going to be that far off base with your original sentence, the rest is simply going to be nonsense, isn\’t it?