Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The Dying Newspaper


“We’re as popular as snakes—below politicians. You have to have courage to do news; you wouldn't believe the people who yell at me, and the letters I get. But I have to remember they’re mad at the newspaper, not at Nancy Conway. Once you do news, though, everything else is sort of dull. What I do matters—it’s important. . . . In this very great country that we all pledge allegiance to, if you care about community, if you care about country, if you care about democracy, you have to care about journalism.”

—Nancy Conway, editor, The Salt Lake Tribune,
The Myth of the Dying Newspaper,”
Morris Media & Society Lecture, Utah State University, March 29, 2011.

Editorial Comment: We might be sick, but rumors of our death are greatly exaggerated.

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