I just read a post by The Journalism Iconoclast, in which Pat Thornton tells journalists to panic.
The whole affair reminds me of the beginning of Hitchhiker’s Guide when Arthur’s house is being demolished to make room for a new highway. He realizes too late that there is nothing he can do to save his home from certain doom.
Then, instead of sticking around to save the house, he is saved by a far-thinking individual who speeds him off earth before the whole planet is destroyed.
One of the problems with newspapers now is they can only think about their particular newspaper being saved without looking any farther than their own noses. They want to take baby steps when a major overhaul of the whole process is needed.
It’s rather funny, really.