The third largest newspaper chain in the U.S. is slashing sixteen-hundred jobs, while an increasing number of newspapers are closing or moving online. The state of the news industry, whether newspapers are necessary, and how you may get your news in the future.


  • David Folkenflik is Media Correspondent at NPR News.
  • Alan Mutter former newspaper editor who later ran three Silicon Valley companies. He comments on the impact of technology on the media at his blog, Reflections of a Newsosaur, at
  • Leonard Downie vice president at large, and former executive editor of the Washington Post, co-author of a new report from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, "The Reconstruction of American Journalism"

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