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Re: “Victims of the Herald

Very glad to see the Coast covering this story -- another paper might not be so diligent in covering the degeneration of a 'rival'. And glad to see comment about how interesting it was that no managers were on the chopping block - ain't that convenient.

I'd like to say though that while I think the Herald was an important institution, I think sometimes old institutions need to fall - or in this case, change - to make way for something new. I don't know how the new Halifax Media Coop (new local offshoot of the Dominion) will fare in the long run, but I think it's a very interesting new hybrid that deserves watching.

One - as far as I know - it does not rely on advertising revenues, but rather on reader subscriptions. Two readers are invited to have some say in what kind of stories are published. Three while professional journalists are generally used, readers can also - with some training - publish stories as well. Another interesting thing about the coop is it states its code of ethics up front - inviting anyone to hold it to it.

Is it a good thing to only be exposed to stories one is most interested in - maybe not. It is good to have variety in media - so one can choose what kind of information one wants. But also hopefully, occasionally be surprised by something one wasn't expecting.

We may be in the midst of a revolution - it is unfortunate that so many reporters at the Herald lost jobs, but I hope they will move on quickly to find new ways to apply their skills - may be in more effective ways.

Posted by chutzpah on 03/19/2009 at 8:45 PM

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