Worrying About The Future Of News

, The Connecticut Law Tribune

From the window of my hotel room during a stay in Oakland last month, I had a view of the Tribune Tower, a stern, commanding pillar stabbing the city skyline, framed against the hills in the distance. Until 2007 - save a few years of renovation - the tower housed the staff of The Oakland Tribune, and it remains an intricate part of the city skyline, and a symbol of its history. At night, on the side of the tower below the large clock on the faÇade, a single word set my room awash in triumphant red fluorescence: "TRIBUNE." Meanwhile, a few hundred miles to the north, on one of those very nights, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer staff was busy putting together that newspaper's last print issue. Ever. A stark juxtaposition indeed, it occurred to me: an impressive monument to the newspaper industry's rise outside my window, and a disconcerting harbinger of change just up the road.

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