By Howard Kurtz, Washington Post
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I have been one of the industry’s most fervent optimists, convinced that somehow, some way, newspapers would find a path to survival. But the last few weeks have shaken my belief, suggesting that what I find indispensable — a daily compendium delivered to your doorstep — may be left behind by history and public indifference.
The bleak future becomes clear when one paper after another whacks a third or more of its staff — the Baltimore Sun is just the latest — and the New York Times Co. threatens to shut down the Boston Globe before settling for painful cutbacks. This is not some temporary downturn; these jobs are gone forever.