Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Small audience for Chronicle discussion

The SF Weekly reports that last night's SPJ discussion on the future of the Chronicle didn't even draw enough people to fill a small city library auditorium. (Here's a link to the SFGTV streaming video of the discussion.) The SF Weekly's Benjamin Wachs writes:
    Not only was the stage crowded with panelists who are exclusively involved with journalism in the Bay Area, but virtually everyone in the audience was also a journalist or blogger.

    There is no clearer evidence, sadly, that the demise of journalism is a subject which only journalists are talking about, to other journalists, in the media. This is ironic -- because one of the things that members of the media think, at least according to the media panel at the journalism forum, is that journalism is failing because it has spent too much time talking to other journalists in the media.

    Whatever they say is killing journalism, the real cause of death is lethal irony. It's a post-modern post-mortem.
Wachs goes on to give some bullet points on the best and worst parts of last night's meeting. Amazingly enough, the SF Weekly, which has been feuding with the Bay Guardian for years, credited the Guardian's publisher, Bruce Brugmann, as being the man most on point when he said that a major newspaper can do what a thousand blogs never will when it comes to serving as a corporate and government watchdog.


Anonymous said...

The turnout suggests that there isn't that much concern in keeping the Chron going.

Anonymous said...

Good to see all their subscribers all in one room.

Robert B. Livingston said...

"...a major newspaper can do what a thousand blogs never will when it comes to serving as a corporate and government watchdog."

Good point-- but our major newspaper hadn't, while a thousand blogs did.

Anonymous said...

No one cared when UPI hit the iceberg decades ago, which gave the AP a news monopoly. Power corrupts and it completely corrupted news gathering and distribution. The readers' bond of trust was broken too many times. For me it started with the Chron's coverage of the "swastika incident" in the SFFD and the obliteration of the Zebra killings. We are seeing reported-assisted suicide.