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May 16, 2009

Great Way To Go Out - A Bit Of The Snide (With A Side Of Sarcasm)

The Tucson Citizen stopped publication  Friday. It's sad when a newspaper goes out of business. And it's becoming more and more common these days. Still. The paper's parting shot in an editorial is a bit much:

To all those bloggers and "citizen journalists" who, if you believe the Internet, are this close to reinventing the industry, here's your opportunity.

Now is your chance to cover never-ending board meetings, make Freedom of Information Act requests to dislodge facts from public officials, call sources - you have cultivated sources, right? - and otherwise do what we in our dying industry like to call "reporting."

To do it right, you'll have to work eight to 10 hours a day, five to six days a week.

If it sounds like a job, not a hobby, it is. But don't expect to get paid; apparently, that business model has been discredited.

We're rooting for you. Public officials need vigilant scrutiny if our dollars are to be wisely spent and public policies are to be sane and progressive. So good luck with that.

Bitter much? Sorry. But if you can't adapt to reality, you disappear. It's not like the Citizen was a great newspaper. In fact, Google the paper and you'll find sadness about its closing but not regret for the passing of a great news institution. Okay to give up the fight and disappear into history. Not okay to be snide about your own failures (even after a 138 year run).
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