Elizabeth McIntyre 
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Re: “UC Berkeley Threatens Bay Area Journalism

I'm currently a senior at the Missouri School of Journalism, and the program you have just described is exactly what happens at Mizzou, Mr. Gammon, and yet Columbia - the city Mizzou is in - has plenty of for-profit media outlets that, while not untouched the problems currently plaguing the industry, are doing fine. Mizzou owns and operates The Columbia Missourian (columbiamissourian.com), which is published web-first and also operates as a daily newspaper. It is, as a state university-owned newspaper, non-for-profit, and yes, it's staffed by students, who are unpaid. Mizzou also owns the local NBC affiliate, KOMU, which is also staffed by students, and competes well with other local television stations, but none of these local stations have been run out of business by KOMU. It's healthy competition. As long as these other newspapers continue to publish quality journalism, they will be just fine. Columbia has functioned this way for decades.

Furthermore, I would warn you and your commenters against thinking these journalism students cannot produce quality journalism. Last time I checked, journalism across the country was in quite a tough spot, with journalists not trusted by the public and losing readers by the fistful. It wasn't these young, inexperienced students who put the industry in that fix, but seasoned professionals. Maybe some innovative, fresh young talent is exactly what is needed.

Posted by Elizabeth McIntyre on 10/03/2009 at 2:36 PM

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