Will they be paid? That's being worked out. Who will cover the harder-edged stories? Some will be culled from local newspaper and TV online sites, (Clear Channel exec Steve) Spendlove said, and "other sources" that are still being discussed.
"There will be a loss in local coverage, I'm not going to lie to you," he said. "But there are a lot of other places to get most of that information."I think this is a mistake. I think you need trained salaried reporters working doing stories that have been selected for their news value. I don't insist that colleges do the professional training. But someone needs to provide the core reporting staff of a news operation not only with the tools but with the journalist's skeptical questing mindset. I don't think editors "harvesting content" will produce the full range of information a community needs to understand itself.
What do you think?