Jason Kaneshiro wrote an interesting post at Webomatica entitled “I Don’t Read Newspapers, But I’d Read Your Blog” in which he challenges Steven Rattner’s (WSJ) viewpoint that Americans are less interested in ‘real news’ and more concerned with entertainment and gossip.
It’s all a response to the ever declining readership of newspapers. Jason’s headline sums up his desire to read the news, but to do it using a medium that offers greater choice and interactivity.
The content contained in a newspaper is totally interesting to me. It’s the dead tree media – the delivery mechanism – that I despise. I also hate the total lack of communication with other readers and writers. I can’t hyperlink to a page in a paper, I can’t easily copy it and email it to anybody, and I can’t reference it on this blog. I even get frustrated turning the pages because I can’t just find a headline I like and click on it.
His recommendation to traditional publishers is that they pay their journalists the same rate, give them some blogging software, and get them working on the Internet instead. He notes that there’s still a general lack of quality writing online, and that trained journalists who are used to working to daily deadlines should find it easy to write ‘smart, fast, accurate, and interesting writing’.