In case you missed it (you ungrateful non-newspaper-readers), the Financial Post and Canwest News Service ran a series this week on the future of newspapers, which unless you've been living under a rock recently you've noticed are in a bit of business trouble. But these writers know newspapers are better than those other media.
The series is in five parts:
- David Akin on the general state of the newspaper industry (which, in case you're wondering, does talk a bit about Canwest and its debt crisis)
- Akin on how advertisers are best served by the print medium and by newspaper publishers
- Akin on the difference between Canadian and U.S. newspapers (though you could just say we're a few years behind them on the death spiral)
- Randy Boswell on how newspapers are a trustworthy medium that other media rely on
- Kirk Lapointe with a very optimistic look at how newspapers are repositioning themselves as online destinations.
As part of the series, Canwest's newspapers were also encouraged to write about their individual histories and connections with their communities. The Gazette got young reporter Jason Magder to do a piece on the paper's connection with its community.
Other Canwest papers also wrote self-congratulatory pieces:
- Ottawa Citizen
- Regina Leader-Post
- Saskatoon StarPhoenix
- Calgary Herald
- Edmonton Journal
- Vancouver Sun
- Victoria Times-Colonist (which produced a podcast short audio piece with EIC Lucinda Chodan)
The National Post also asked its "opinion-makers" about their thoughts on newspapers:
- Conrad Black
- Michael Coren
- Father Raymond J. de Souza
- Robert Fulford
- Barbara Kay
- John Moore
- Noah Richler
- Marni Soupcoff
As if underscoring how far newspapers have to go, in neither of the three above cases could I find one page linking all these related stories together.
Finally, unrelated to any of the above, Stuart McLean writes in the Globe and Mail about why he loves newspapers.