25 May Good reporters worth weight in gold
Are books a thing of the past? Are newspapers dying? What about yearbooks? When blogging first started getting hot in the early years of the millennium people were dying to start blogging. The blog was the new journalism. Now, the power of the press didn’t belong to he who owned a press, it belong to he (or she) who owned a computer, say some 300 million people. But books aren’t going away any time soon. Neither are newspapers. Neither are yearbooks. And even I am blogging more frequently now. They all will be part of the new media, each serving a niche and a need in the market. Indeed, even Twitter, for which I find little use, has its niche — and about 18.1 million people agree. (eMarketer.com, April 2009) But none of these new technologies has decreased the need for good journalism, for quality reporting, reporting that goes beyond the surface and provides unique information to the readers. Good reporters will always be worth their weight in gold.