Having just visited Grand Central Station a few days ago, thought I would reacquaint myself with the inside of the Amherst train station off Main Street (photo). In a word -- spare.
Great Frontline, last night, on the "News War" and L.A. Times as an example of a newspaper in the middle of the maelstrom. I'm definitely going to read the extended interviews online at ashttp://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/newswar/interviews/. I particularly liked some of the things Larry Kramer, president of CBS Digital Media, and John Carroll, former editor of L.A. Times, had to say.
Just about everything that could be called journalism online has its start with experienced reporters on the ground; if they go, everyone is in trouble, Carroll said.
Kramer is really good on the benefits of having stories online -- you can link to all kinds of supplemental and background material. News on paper, on the other hand, gives readers a context depending on where articles are placed. Also thrusts in front of us news we wouldn't necessarily seek -- and therefore not be exposed to online, where we can zero in on just what we're interested in. Love this Kramer quote:
"The ratings issue is an interesting one, because this is the chicken-and-egg problem. Do you do stories that taste good, or do you do stories that are good for you? And will people view and read stories that are good for you, or will they read the stories that taste good? It's a never-ending problem. "