Stop panicking. Newspapers may come and go, but rich, time-consuming journalism is not dead. In fact, David Wood spent eight months working on the 10-part series that won him and the Huffington Post the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. Not exactly the celebrity blogs and Internet rehashing that once brought HuffPo scorn.
The National Enquirer is still on John Edwards’ case, and according to the tabloid the fallen politician may be in serious troubs with a federal grand jury for allegedly redirecting campaign funds into his mistress’ pockets.
We have gone through other periods when great newspapers succumbed to new economic realities. Most American cities once had three, four or more competing dailies; now, most are down to just one. But those earlier rounds of attrition were exercises in survival of the fittest. The difference now is that newspapers are in trouble no matter how fit they are.
News of the loss of one of America’s most unique voices, Norman Mailer, rippled through the literary community Saturday after Mailer’s biographer announced that the author of “The Armies of the Night” and “The Naked and the Dead” had expired at New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital.