Who needs newspapers? It’s the question of the day here at the Chronicle, where we are playing host to a video crew from the Who Needs Newspapers? project.
The project, put together by a nonprofit called Valid Sources, seeks to interview the top brass and online people at one local newspaper in each state — not the huge papers but the average-sized dailies that make up the majority of the newspaper industry in America.
For whatever reason, the Bozeman Daily Chronicle can count itself as the representative for Montana.
The project lists its goals as providing the industry with information about how the digitally driven changes to news are being handled on a practical level, lining out the value of newspapers to a community and providing object lessons for journalism students.
Most of the eastern U.S. has already been covered, with Alabama being the most recent report posted to the Who Needs Newspaper? site. The frontier remains so far untouched, apart from Alaska.
I’ll write more after the interview to let you know how it went.
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