Newspaper replacement phase 1? But ...
The NY Times had a good article yesterday on smaller news operations that have sprung up in major cities and that are doing the watchdog role their weakened local papers are giving up.
In many ways, this is the first phase of the replacement of the newspaper I have written about (again, remember that "newspaper" here does not necessarily mean ink on paper, but the large, multifaceted newsroom) in the context of the online subscription argument.
Yet, I continue to be nagged by a question: Can we ever replicate the legal/financial throw weight that enabled papers like the Times go toe to toe with the government over things like the Pentagon Papers?
Do we need to?
Is it even the right question?