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I found “What’s really wrong with newspapers” to be well written with a strong sense of voice. I enjoyed the introduction because it gave readers the reasons why many people think newspapers are dying, which we have all heard before, before countering them. The information Talton provided opened up my eyes to real economic, political and social reasons of what is really wrong with newspapers, instead of the usual excuses. Talton’s point of view was clearly expressed but at times I felt that he should have used specific examples (from companies or newpapers) to back up his points.

I found “No More Free Content” to be very well researched, with numerous sources and data utilized. The writer makes a strong point about how the content is not actually what readers are paying for when they buy a newspaper and backs this up with cited facts and figures. I felt the story was reliable, although it was obvious the writer had a specific message in mind. Breaking the story up into sub headings also helped with readability. I believe it was evident that the “Follow-Up” was a well thought response to an argument and was handled tastefully.

I found “Newspaper economics: online and offline” to have a specific motive to tell others that online content is not bad and newspaper companies should experiment until they find a way to become more successful. Seeing as this is posted on a Google Public Policy blog, I do not find this opinion surprising. Obviously Google supports online media and argues that printing papers not cost beneficial. Google does not want the internet to be the blame for the death of newspapers, therefore the post pulls facts that show that newspaper circulation was declining long before the birth of the internet and with that the appearance of Google.

I found “What Does the Future Hold for Newspapers” to have a lot of valuable information, statistics and facts to support its gloomy outlook. I feel that the story did not look for hope in the situation and was quick to bring the negative back into its position.

Overall I found these essays to enlightening on how the newspaper has been, is being and will be affected due to numerous factors other than just the birth of the world wide web.


My expectations for COM 466 are to broaden my digital journalism skill set and enhance the skills I already have. I have briefly worked with audio journalism and would love to become more “fluent” in producing audio. I have also worked a lot with photography in previous classes and enjoy taking/editing photos. My skills in video production (aside from using SoundSlides, and I’m not sure if that counts as video) are very primitive so I hope to gain more experience in this field. I am really looking forward to this course and believe it will be extremely beneficial to my future.


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