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Wednesday, March 04, 2009



Jimmy, it is NOT a trend I have enjoyed. Though most of my work in recent years was in other media, I still recall my newspaper time with pride and satisfaction, in Albuquerque, in Fort Stockton, and right here, in Midland, with the MRT. I don't know what the solution is, my friend, but I wish all of my ink-stained brothers and sisters well.


Jeff ... I'm starting to wonder if reading devices such as the Kindle may not be the thing that will save the industry at some point. I first saw the system presented at a workshop at the Poynter Institute in 1993. The presenter insisted that everyone would be getting his or her daily newspaper off electronic readers within 10-15 years. People say they don't want newspapers to go away because they like the feel of ink on their fingers. I don't think it's that so much as it is a matter of transportability. People want to fold their newspapers, tuck them under their arm and take them from one room to another. Reading devices such as the Kindle will allow that to a certain extent.

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