A bright future for journalism…do you buy it?  Mark Glaser does.  This afternoon I read a blog post he wrote that gives 10 reasons why journalism will thrive.  Glaser introduces the post by writing, “… rather than dwell on the negative, rail against change, or damn the upstarts at Google and Craigslist, I’d like to take a walk on the sunny side of life in new media, consider the positive aspects of all that is happening, and how we could end up in a renaissance era for journalism.”

Glaser lists these points among others:

  1. More access to journalism worldwide
  2. Aggregation and personalization satisfies readers
  3. More fact-checkers than ever (with online comments and critiques)
  4. More voices as part of the conversation
  5. Greater transparency and a more personal tone
  6. Stories never end (constant updates)

While I agree that his arguments make sense and probably are making the practice of journalism more comprehensive, his piece depressed me.  None of the reasons he listed will help newspapers stay in business.  In fact, he made it sound as if journalism majors are going to lose their jobs to the amateurs.

What do you think?  Will journalism progress (thrive) with or without trained employees?

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