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Are we on track for a golden age of serious journalism?

Falling sales and profits augur badly for serious news. Two leading US experts ask if an online renaissance is in the making

YES: Steven Johnson

NO: Paul Starr

Dear Paul 6th April 2009

Let’s start with the places where we are likely to agree. First, newspapers have historically supplied civic and public goods that are essential to a healthy democratic culture. Second, newspapers themselves are in a dire financial state, thanks to long-term changes wrought largely by the internet, the (hopefully) short-term economic crisis and, for some papers, the reckless financial decisions of their owners. Whatever the? underlying causes, though, I think you and I will agree that the newspaper business—and thus its editorial product—is going to look fundamentally different five…

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