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6/27/20 1:27 P

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Happy to add the Louisiana Illuminator to the list!

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5/25/20 10:15 A

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The phoenix looks terrible the second before it bursts into flame and rebirths itself.

As it is with everything in our culture, the root problem with journalism is the profit motive. As long as journalists get paid based on their having dug up or written about sensational subjects so that their parent companies can make a buck, we're at the mercy of tainted journalism.

I'm hoping that as journalism moves more and more online and some of the overt costs - like paper and printing and delivery and office space - get scaled back, journalists can get paid to do their jobs without having to scoop other journalists just to make more bucks for their management.

I realize that's not going to happen with our national media anytime soon, but these smaller outfits seem like a hopeful sign to me. I am more than willing to pay a subscription fee to encourage good journalism. ProPublica is doing fantastic work right now, for instance.

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5/25/20 5:42 A

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I'm going to be looking at The Texas Observer, just signed up for two newsletters covering highlights but also long stories. I'll report back on that.

In terms of Journalism, actually a number of Journalists are indeed being fired and cannot find work. Freelancing our news is kind of like only accepting the lowest bidder for contracts. Our infrastructure shows right now what decades of that does, we are in deep trouble and no solution in sight. Most folks don't even think about it.

Sad, I'm involved with journalism and so I was surprised to see you saying Journalism is alive and well and prospering. Hoping that our state will provide us with accurate information without any spin or misdirection is misleading at best, even in Liberal states. A lot of folks think every problem is a nail, so a hammer is their only solution.

I'm glad you've found sources that work for you and many of the other responders to this thread. After a while we will not have statesmen and stateswomen in politics, and we won't have any actual newsfolk in journalism, that is my prediction. We live in a culture that doesn't believe there is truth at all, just what's true for them personally. Not only is that an oxymoronic position to hold, it is aggregiously disengenuous.

But then, what do I know eh?

I personally hoped we got rid of Donahue and Rivera, but it looks like we're going to end up with their clones for the next couple generations if nothing changes. Too many monopolies and folks are too quick to make drastic decisions on too little real information.

Sad. I guess I don't fit in at all.

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5/23/20 12:57 P

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Thanks for the info, Woubbie! I've gone and subscribed to the Penn Capital Star just now.

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5/23/20 11:43 A

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Woubbie, Thanks. I subscribed to the Nevada Current a couple of years ago. I now know more that is going on in my state too. They are very valuable resources.

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5/23/20 11:26 A

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I subscribe to a relatively new online platform for Pennsylvania state political news - a subject that I thoroughly avoided paying attention to until just the last couple of years. It's called the Penn Capital-Star and they publish online daily, as well as sending a daily email update of news.

I am truly much better informed about state policies and politics than before, and am therefore more effective at contacting my state representatives about various issues.

At the end of the week they also email links to articles in their sibling sites around the country, which I am listing below. I heartily encourage you to subscribe to your state community journalism site, and support them financially if possible.

Print media will continue to struggle as we march forward technologically, but that doesn't mean journalism is dying. In fact, it's quite the reverse.

If your state is not listed and you know of an online resource, please list it. I'll add to this list as appropriate.

Arizona Mirror

Florida Phoenix

Georgia Recorder

Iowa Capital Dispatch

Maine Beacon

Maryland Matters

MIchigan Advance

Minnesota Reformer

Nevada Current

NC Policy Watch

Ohio Capital Journal

Tennessee Lookout

Virginia Mercury

Wisconsin Examiner

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