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Are you sure you heard us right, Chairman Martin?

Original post made by Jordan Brown, Palo Alto High School, on Dec 5, 2007

This piece was written by a high school journalist (Me!) and published in a high school publication in the Bay Area, the Paly Voice. I have not seen an article about this issue yet in the Mercury News, though the story has been around for over a year and a half now. Here's the link:

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Posted by Sparky
a resident of Barron Park
on Dec 5, 2007 at 7:02 pm

Thanks Jordon. You are probably right - consolidated ownership won't save the newspapers. But aren't they dying anyway? Those newsroom cuts come because circulation is declining and with it advertising dollars. Fewer readers => fewer ads => fewer newsroom staff => more boring papers => fewer readers. A vicious cycle caused largely by the internet.

Local news will probably get reinvented somewhere along the way, as it has in the past (big cities used to have numerous papers, morning and evening editions). But keeping struggling local papers "independent" is not going to be much help I think.

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Posted by A.L.
a resident of Green Acres
on Dec 6, 2007 at 10:49 am

Good job, Jordan. The pen is mightier than the sword. Keep writing!

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Posted by Parent
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Dec 7, 2007 at 8:19 am

Jordon - Those of us who fall in the middle ground did not like the leftest agenda that was being shoved down our throats everyday when reading the local papers, etc., and therefore many of us decided to stop supporting the media that didn't provide a balanced view. Many of us want both sides of an issue presented and reject the view that only the liberal point of view has validity. Let the market decide which version sells and provides a true service to our community. One-sided reporting doesn't provide a service and doesn't sell anymore. People are waking up and demanding more.

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