Good journalism will thrive, whatever the format

The newspaper industry, led by Rupert Murdoch, likes to portray the web as a mortal threat to journalism.

The implicit assumption behind this charge is that the only way for journalism to thrive is by squirting its inked output on to processed wood pulp. That was true once, but it isn’t now. Print is just one way of publishing the fruits of journalists’ labours; the web is another; iPhone apps are a third. And there may be more to come as the internet continues to work its disruptive magic. So any intelligent discussion about the future needs to make the distinction between a particular format (print) and the function (journalism) that society needs to nurture. And it’s the function that really matters.

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