Can news organizations be run like “any other” business?

Once again Roy Greenslade at the Guardian strikes the mark of a journalism issue that crosses borders.

This time, to make his point and open a larger discussion, he reaches from London to India.

And now to the States:

Destructive trends that threaten quality journalism

A key point:

At the heart of the debate lies the question: is traditional journalism becoming more and more unsustainable and on the road to extinction?

The real irony of the discussion is that in India readership is UP. And yet, journalists in India are concerned that the bean counters are ruining the craft. Specifically, the concern is the rush to make more money rather than trying to survive by cutting out the meat of a news organization along with the fat.

Media companies are recasting their business strategies in tune with changing consumer preferences. The quest for higher profits has spawned business models that tend to blur the line between advertising and news.

With the pure business approach taking over, the public interest segment in the newspaper industry has diminished to the point of non-existence.

Read the full article here.

And if journalists don’t see the connection of issues between India, England and the USA, then there is little hope for the profession.


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