18 Jan Democracy is at stake
In the wake of recent layoffs at the Seattle Times and the possible sale or closure of the Seattle P-I, a group of 30 to 40 Seattle-area journalists came from as far north as Mount Vernon and as far south as Olympia to discuss the state of journalism in our area. The mood was, of course, up and down but interestingly, while some journalists talked about what they might do if they lose their jobs, most of them focused on what local layoffs, closures and mergers & acquisitions will do to journalism as a whole. This is not news to us, but because we don’t always share what we do with our readers and viewers, it may be news to our communities.
Among the casualties:
– Open government
– Checks and balances of big business, school districts, municipalities and more
– Thorough news coverage
– Timely news coverage
– Talent talent and dedication to journalism
If you are concerned, let’s get the discussion started and figure out how we can keep journalism and democracy alive.