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There was a time, not so long ago, in Canada when we depended on the editorial decisions of a few at the hub of a few daily newspapers and a couple of television stations, notably the CBC and its rival CTV. Rapidly, these sources are becoming like rotary landline telephones. Sure there are people who use them, but with each obituary, they become fewer.
"People like to think they pay attention to things that are important. They mostly pay attention to things that are fun."
Print journalism is changing fundamentally. Three dramatic events last week make the point: On October 18, Newsweek magazine announced it will become a digital only publication in 2013, ending 80 years in print. Newspapers have failed, so far, to acquire the skill sets required for print journalism in the 21st century.
Traditional news organizations and watchdogs are in the same basket: the Internet basket. Our role to be proactive in it. Instead of fighting against one another, perhaps that we can join forces and find ways to create a safe environment for sources to speak up.