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|Thursday, September 01, 2011|
BY PATRICK EMERSON
It has been a while since I lamented the decline of the newspaper industry, or more precisely, the decline of quality investigative journalism. So let me dive in once more.
Apparently this is happening everywhere. I have no doubt that these are skilled and well-trained reporters, but they lack the experience and connections of those they replace. It could be that the energy and eagerness of the new crop might make up for this, but I have some reservations. I think we are losing a huge amount of human capital.
A group of five fresh-faced reporters from National Journal and CBS News clicked away on their MacBooks one recent afternoon, dutifully taking notes as seasoned journalists from the campaign trail shared their rules of the road.
[Update: Oregonian editor Peter Bhatia fires back after this post. Read more.]
Patrick Emerson is an associate professor of economics at OSU and author of the Oregon Economics blog.
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